Online social game company Funium and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will work together so players of Funium’s Facebook game Family Village can explore their family trees using a number of NGS resources and research aids.
NGS created a landing page on its website especially for Family Village players. It’ll feature a step-by-step genealogy guide with instructional videos, and grants players free access to materials typically reserved for NGS members.
Funium officially opened Family Village to all Facebook users Aug. 21. Players foster their own personalized virtual community by building businesses and houses, immigrating family members, and assigning jobs. Family Village encourages players to build a documented family tree and matches that data with real-world documents, such as including newspaper articles, census records the users relatives.