Suddie Bill Mumford R.I.P.
- - 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
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
UPDATE: An online obituary for Bill has been posted at
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