||The first genealogy site in French would be a site about St-Pierre-et-Miquelon
in 1994. In May 1995, FrancoGene was the second site to appear and
the first having as topics Quebec or France. Since the St-Pierre-et-Miquelon
has no more genealogy page, FrancoGene remains the older genealogy web
site in French.
Nonetheless, it was on the January 6th, 1992, that appeared in the Internet
the seed of the futur site. Indeed, it is the creation date given
to the file GENEALOG.VICAN-QU made available on the North Dakota University
ftp server for genealogy.
||For the job, I made a speach about Internet and what can be done with
it. Among other topics, I talked about Gopher, a Web with only text
helping to find data. There was also the WWW (World Wide Web),
but I said that system using images had no future. What a fool I
||It was at about that time I decided to rewrite the VICAN-QU file and
to describe with more details how to do genealogy in Quebec. The
12 original Genealogy Web Pages of Denis Beauregard were born.
This first set of pages all in French were located on a server of Université
de Montréal, in a site lent by a Mr. Leduc. The addresse announced
the July 20th, 1995 was: http://www.UMontreal.CA:80/~leduc/gen/index.html
In that same months (July 22nd), I proposed to listers to register their
name in the experts list.
||Hosting with an intermediate netter is not the more efficient mean
to manage a site. So, when I learned I could have a site directly
on the IREQ server, I jumped on this opportunity and mode of it the 2nd
home of the site. The August 9th, I was proud to announce my new
"permanent" site, that is http://www.ireq.ca/personnel/beaurega/geneal/index.html.
The August 24th, there were 3 new pages about the genealogy in France,
with the help of Pascal Pinan-Lucarre (in year 2000, head of Francegenweb).
At the same time, the Acadian page was added to the site.
My first attempt to count visitors shown that notoriousness may happen
faster than expected. Indeed, to improve the home page, I decided
to install a counter. The next day, it indicated 50 visitors, figure
too high in my opinion and I was sure something was broken. But then,
this figure was confirmed by the log file of the site.
||One common pitfail in Quebec search is about the dit names. A
page was added to explain them at that time.