Providing Meaningful Service for Inmates
FamilySearch is an international nonprofit organization and is the largest genealogical organization in the world, dedicated to connecting families across generations. As part of its mission to provide inspiring family history experiences to all people, FamilySearch offers family history services and opportunities to prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities. Dozens of facilities throughout the United States currently participate in this FamilySearch offering, known as FamilySearch Correctional Facility Services.
FamilySearch Correctional Facility Services often leads participating inmates to reflect on their family story and their place within it, a catalyst for lasting resiliency and healing. While experiencing this personal growth, the inmate’s service also facilitates family connection for FamilySearch users worldwide.
Currently, FamilySearch Correctional Facility Services primarily focuses on providing record indexing opportunities but can be tailored to the needs of each facility.
Benefits to Correctional Facilities
- Inmates are productive in a positive and safe environment.
- This community service opportunity supports the facility’s goals.
- Local volunteers support the program.
Benefits to Inmates
- Community service
- Productive use of time
- Sense of accomplishment
- Opportunities for Enhancement of job skills
- Increased confidence and self-respect
Benefits to FamilySearch
FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch Correctional Facility Services directly supports FamilySearch’s mission to provide personal inspiring discoveries—not only to inmates, but also to the people they serve through the program.
Correctional Facility Indexing
About FamilySearch Indexing
FamilySearch indexing is a volunteer transcription effort that makes valuable genealogical records freely searchable online. Volunteers from all around the world transcribe data by typing information from an online photo of a historical record into a computer database. Since FamilySearch indexing began in 2006, this unprecedented crowdsourcing effort has produced more than 1.5 billion searchable records.
FamilySearch Correctional Facility Services offers a customized version of indexing for inmates. FamilySearch works with correctional facilities to provide inmates a meaningful community service opportunity to index records in a restricted, highly secure model.
Indexing is a productive use of time in an environment that can foster collaboration and service. The service is offered freely to correctional facilities, including hardware and local volunteer support. These indexed records are made available free of charge to FamilySearch users around the world.