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    - Suddie Bill Mumford, R.I.P. Originally published online on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | People Bill Mumford, known as Suddie to his many friends, passed
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      - Suddie Bill Mumford, R.I.P.

      Originally published online on Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | People

      Bill Mumford, known as "Suddie" to his many friends, passed away in
      Calgary, Alberta at 1:30 this morning after a long illness.

      Bill was best known for many years for producing Mumford's Genealogical
      Software Report Card at http://www.mumford.ca/reportcard/, a
      side-by-side comparison of all the leading and some not-so-leading
      genealogy programs of the time. The Report Card was originally intended
      to help researchers find a program that suited their needs. 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, thereby creating "action lists" for improvements for their
      next version. Because of Mumford's Genealogical Software Report Card, we
      all enjoy better software today.

      Bill stopped updating the Report Card a few years ago, due to failing
      health.

      Bill Mumford also was the project leader of the GenTech GEDCOM Testbook
      Project and was a director of GENTECH. He also made presentations at a
      number of the GenTech conferences. 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.

      Bill helped a lot people, even as his health was declining. The
      genealogy world will forever be indebted to him.

      There will be a short obituary in the Calgary Herald on Monday or
      Tuesday. He will be cremated and, at his request, there will be no
      funeral.

      UPDATE: An online obituary for Bill has been posted at
      http://goo.gl/KJdC7

      Do you have comments, questions, or corrections to this article? If so,
      please post your words at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=12893

      The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and
      is copyright 2010 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re- published here with
      the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is
      available at http://www.eogn.com
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