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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Genealogy Authority and Ensign Editor Bill Linder Dies
(Bill Royce Linder, 63)
Washington Post pgB07 15Jun00 P2

WASHINGTON, DC -- Bill Royce Linder, former director of historical information at the National Archives and a leading authority in genealogical research died June 9th at his home in Arlington, Virginia of a heart attack. He was 63.

Linder worked as director of the central reference division of the National Archives from 1969 to 1982 before working as a systems analyst for the General Services Administration for 13 years. He retired in 1995.

Throughout his career, Linder maintained his own genealogical research, concentrating on American families. He wrote beginners guides to genealogical research and family history, and helped form organizations to support genealogical research.

Most recently, Linder collected and posted information on selected American families on his Web site, .

Linder was born in Kenedy, Texas in 1937, the oldest of four sons born to Royce and Maxine Linder. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in History and did post-graduate work at Brigham Young University. He married Nancy Kathryn James in 1963, with whom he is the parent of five children and twelve grandchildren.

While living in Utah, Linder served as editor of the Ensign. In 1969, he was instrumental in establishing the first World Conference on Records, at the time that he joined the National Archives. For five years he served as a director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, DC, including the 1976 Bicentennial Session on Genealogy. Linder was also Chairman of the National Genealogical Society, serving during the NGS' 1981 Atlanta and 1982 Indianapolis conferences.

In addition to these positions, Linder wrote the beginner's genealogy book "How to Trace Your Family History," which has sold more than 50,000 copies. He also wrote the privately published "Wofford Crossing Road" series and six other privately published books. He assisted many dignitaries with the development of the field of genealogy and lectured widely in the US and abroad on Genealogy, including hosting yearly genealogy tours in London, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.


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