Last year I reported on a new genealogy-based game created for Facebook users. The game, Family Village from Fanium, invites the player to build a thriving village populated with avatars representing the player’s family and ancestors. Now Fanium is teaming up with the National Genealogical Society to help players create a family tree. More details are available in the following BusinessWire article:

National Genealogical Society Partners with Family Village Facebook Game to Help Players Build Family Tree

Funium and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) today announced a partnership that will allow players of Family Village, Funium’s popular Facebook game, to further explore their family trees by accessing a number of NGS resources and research aids. The collaboration was announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

In coordination with the announcement, NGS will launch a separate landing page on their website tailored entirely to Family Village players. Featuring a customized step-by-step guide complete with instructional videos, the page grants Family Village users free access to materials typically reserved for NGS members, including ancestor charts and family group sheets. Players will be guided on how to collect more information about their relatives and ancestors, complementing their progress in Family Village.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Funium,” said Jordan Jones, president-elect of NGS. “Introducing the Family Village audience to NGS’s resources aligns with our mission to help serve and grow the genealogical community. We are excited to be able to share our knowledge about family history with the Family Village players.”

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