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By Vickie Speek

Anti-Polygamy Activists Using Genealogy Software to Build Cases

SALT LAKE CITY -- By the time 17-year-old Jolene Palmer escaped from the polygamous clan she was raised in, her father had three wives and her grandfather had wed her stepmother. Palmer is now one of many former polygamy members charting their tangled family trees for the anti-polygamy group Tapestry Against Polygamy and the anti-child abuse group For Kids' Sake.

They are trying to build family trees for members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in the twin cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., hoping to use the information to help law enforcement fight crime.

Ron Barton, a special investigator in Utah's Attorney General's office charged with investigating polygamous groups, said that information could be useful when it comes to prosecuting alleged crimes such as incest and child abuse in those secretive societies.

Anti-polygamy advocates hope to expand their research to include other families who make up the estimated 35,000 polygamists living across the West.


Tangled family trees could help prosecute polygamists, group says
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 25Apr01 N5
Associated Press


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