|Submitted||Oct. 9, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the North Dakota Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
Policies, procedures and/or documents pertaining to indexing for FamilySearch, otherwise known as Intellectual Reserve, Inc. or FamilySearch International, a genealogical non-profit operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) by inmates within facilities run by the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This includes any documents regarding Family History Centers operated within such facilities, and any documents referencing LDS Correctional Services, a division of LDS. Examples of such documents include contracts between the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and FamilySearch, often called a "Memorandum of Understanding," with an attachment describing FamilySearch's assistance.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.
The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation does not have any policies, procedures and/or documents pertaining to indexing for FamilySearch.
Michelle L. Linster
Thanks for your message. I am not surprised that you don't have any policies, procedures and/or documents pertaining to indexing for FamilySearch. But, I thought I'd check as I continue to find out the reality behind FamilySearch's prison indexing program, with most articles on the subject a few years old. Thanks for your quick and prompt response.