Íslendingabók Arrives on Facebook - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Íslendingabók Arrives on Facebook

Published March 17, 2009

The world-renowned genealogy text has made its way to the popular social networking service.
Coming in the form of an application, the Facebook version tracks the genealogy records of people who sign up for the application, tracking down distant relations who are also members of Facebook.
Although still in its beta stages, judging by the comments left by many Icelanders already, the application has potential, and is not without precedent – an online version of Íslendingabók already exists.
Originally written in the 12th century, Íslendingabók chronicled among other things the history of Norwegian kings, and Iceland’s conversion the Christianity. Today, it can be used to trace back one’s family tree, generation after generation, as a fascinatiing source to discover who, if any, among your co-workers is a distant cousin, and which fearsome king you were descended from.
Those wishing to check out the Facebook app can find it here.

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