|Submitted||Oct. 2, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 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 Bureau of Prisons. 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 these documents would be contracts between the Bureau of Prisons 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 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Please see attached.
S. Raymond, FOIA/PA Specialist
Thanks for the acknowledgment letter. Here is an example of a MOU I received from the Kane County Sheriff so you have an idea of what kind of document I'd be looking for: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/kane-county-31588/familysearch-indexing-kane-county-sheriff-80008/#file-815009. If you need any further information or clarification from me, please let me know at your earliest convenience.
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Washington, D.C. 20534
S. Raymond, FOIA/PA Specialist
That makes sense. The file I linked to and mentioned as an example is attached to this message. This doesn't show FamilySearch as a signatory, but according to Kane County it is active, so I'm going to rely on their word on this one.
Request number 2020-00230
Please see the BOP's response to your request for information regarding FamilySearch. Feel free to contact our office with any further assistance.
Ms. K. Blow
Ms. K. Blow,
Thank you for responding. I am not surprised that you do not have any responsive records to my records request. Even so, I thought I would check to see if you had any records, since specifics of FamilySearch's prison indexing program in the U.S. are murky at best. With that being said, thanks again for looking through your records.