William Royce Linder was a world-renowned genealogist. He was the Director of the Central Reference Division of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. from 1969 until 1982. A Fellow, Society of Genealogists, London, he established the first World Conference on Records in 1969. For five years, he served as director, National Institute on Genealogical Research, Washington, D.C., including the special 1976 Bicentennial Session on Genealogy. As Chairman of the National Genealogical Society, Linder pioneered the NGS with the 1981 Atlanta and the 1982 Indianapolis conferences. From 1982 until retiring from the federal government in 1995, he worked as a systems analyst for the General Services Administration in Skyline, Virginia.
Linder also authored The Beginner's Book, How to Trace Your Family History, which has sold over 50,000 copies. He is also the author of the privately published series Wofford Crossing Road I, II, and III -- as well as six other privately published research books on family history. He has assisted dignitaries, world and national political figures, and Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) leaders with his contributions to the field of genealogy. He also as editor of the monthly LDS publication now known as The Ensign. Linder hosted yearly genealogy tours in London, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C., and was a distinguished lecturer in the U.S. and abroad.
Linder was born in Kenedy, Texas in 1937. He was the oldest of four sons born to Royce and Maxine Linder. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and did post-graduate work at Brigham Young University. In 1963, he married Nancy Kathryn James. Bill and Nancy had five children and twelve grandchildren. Linder passed away in 2000 from sudden heart failure.
Gift of Robert Linder
Gift of Harold Linder
Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008
The donor shall retain all literary property rights and copyrights to publications written by William Royce Linder.