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Acknowledgements

This dictionary has been made possible thanks to many contributors and the use of modern tools and resources available only in the last few years, but which are now in common use by genealogists.

Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to those who pioneered the research of ancestors who came from France to Quebec, in particular Archange Godbout who probably has made, even until now, the greatest number of discoveries in France. Also let us remember the contributions of Emile Vaillancourt (Normandy) and Mrs. Pierre Montagne (Perche).

I also must thank a genealogist who, about 20 years ago, gathered in a genealogical dictionary the majority of findings known until then, that is Rene Jetté and his Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec. A double thank you to Mr. Jetté who also carried out a revision of the preliminary edition of this work as presented in December 1996.

Other thanks go out to Normand Robert from whom the series Nos Origines en France undoubtedly have allowed many discoveries in France, as well as to Marcel Fournier, another compiler (migrants from Britain, France after 1765, and New England) who has just published a bibliography (Origines des familles pionnières du Québec ancien) and a listing of the baptisms discovered in France, which I publish on the Internet.

Undoubtedly, my biggest gratitude goes to those without whom this work would not have been possible. They are the more than 250 000 visitors to my Internet Web pages, whose visits and comments strongly encouraged me to undertake and continue this work since 1996.

Finally, a most sincere thank you to the hundreds who contributed to this work, and to people who either transmitted their findings directly to me, or who published them in one of the many publications available in the Montreal area. Once the north-American part of our tree is completed, it is thanks to them that it is possible to continue the work overseas, perhaps discovering distant cousins.