Draper

Inside job: Inmates help further Mormon genealogy work

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Inmates do genealogy research on computers in the Family History Center in the Wasatch unit at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.

William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was sparked in his teens by an aunt who is a family historian.

Hopkins, 40, now spends two to three hours a day working on family history projects — his own and that of others — at the Family History Center at the prison’s Wasatch unit.

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