19 November 2010

Suddie Bill Mumford

Though we are excited to bring you news of the 1st RootsTech conference, we are saddened to share with you the news that Bill Mumford, known as "Suddie" to his many friends, passed away in Calgary, Alberta, and so will not be able to attend a conference whose topics would have been close to his heart.

As reported in Dick Eastman’s column “Bill was best known for many years for producing Mumford's Genealogical Software Report Card, a side-by-side comparison of all the leading and some not-so-leading genealogy programs of the time ... His exhaustive detective work helped many people decide which genealogy program they wanted use. Software developers also used his "Report Card" to help find the deficiencies of their own programs when compared to the competition … Because of Mumford's Genealogical Software Report Card, we all enjoy better software today. Bill Mumford also was the project leader of the GenTech GEDCOM Testbook Project and was a director of GenTech … He was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society Newsmagazine, a former vice chair of the Alberta Family Histories Society, and a past chair of The Alberta Family Histories Society Computer Group.”

You can also read an online obituary.

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