||I begun to communicate thru computers since about 1991, when I subscribed
to Compuserve en 1991-1993. Purchased by AOL since that time, it
was one of the large private networks at that time. The only resource
for the genealogist was the Genealogy forum.
Later, I learned about BBS (Bulletin Board Systems). In short,
you call a computer member of the network, and at night, this computer
exchanges messages with other computers and after some time, messages can
be read from all the computers of the conference. The largest genealogy
conference was that of Fido and there was a Canadian section. Besides,
there was the FrancoMedia network (later, the ISP francomedia.com) with
its FM-Genealogie conference. When the animator moved too
far from the net, I replaced him, in about 1992. At the same time,
I opened my own BBS, Racines du Québec, which was never connected
to any network (too complicated). RDQ lived its life and when I closed
it, Ken Quinn invited me to become the co-sysop of his own BBS, Quebec
Genealogy On Line.
At this pioneer time, the ancestor of the Web site was probably a BBS
with its public files. I had some on Racines du Québec and
some of these files can be conbsidered as the prototype of the FrancoGene
||Then, I was connected to Internet. I have no specific date.
From memory, it was one day before Valery Fabrikant became very known for
his shooting at Concordia University (Montreal). But, while looking
for the exact date, I found that this happened on the Monday, August 24th,
1992 while I have a copy of a message I sent to the net in March 1992.
My older message archived with the ROOTS-L list (gatewayed with soc.roots
newsgroup, the only genealogy newsgroup at that time) is dated June 5th,
1992 and the older message from soc.roots in my computer is dated December
18th, 1991. My names was added to RSL (Roots Surname List)
on the April 5th, 1992.
Signature (June 1992)
_ _ _ _ Collecting Beauregard/Jarret/Jarest/Vincent
email@example.com | * | * | Promoting use
of QC as Quebec Postal Abbrev
Andre Jarret, sieur de |===|===| Mes
opinions? Oui, oui, les miennes!
Beauregard 1642-1992 |_*_|_*_|
My opinions? Yes, yes, mine!