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Inmates benefit from doing family history work

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Inmates are developing basic skills by connecting the past with the present through indexing.

FamilySearch's most recent video highlights some of the ways indexing benefits inmates at the Kiesel Facility in Weber County and the Summit County Jail.

"It is not church-based. It's not religion-based," said Sandy Evans, a clinical therapist who works with the inmates. "What it is, is it's about helping another individual find their ancestors."

The program provides the inmates with a purpose.

According to the video, some of the inmates were hesitant to participate at first, but many discovered that they enjoyed indexing.

"Yeah, it gives me a certain sense of self-worth and mastery," one inmate said in the video.

FamilySearch is the world's largest genealogy organization and focuses on helping users find their ancestors.

Alex Johnson writes for the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com.

Email: ajohnson@deseretdigital.com

Twitter: @axelrad_