[Introduction]

Version chronology.

Versions on the Internet: versions were not numbered. The first versions of this document were published entirely on the Internet from the beginning of 1996 until May, 1997. Then, the updates ceased because the author concentrated on the printed versions.

Printed versions:

Preliminary edition: December 1996. Limited circulation (less than 5 copies), ANQ (Montreal, Quebec, Hull), SGCF. Some personal copies.

First edition: February 1998. First printing. This edition contains 935 articles including 473 corrections (such as baptismal records replacing age approximations and more accurate birth locations) plus 47 speculations or errors. Updates are published on the Internet through a mailing list. A first series of reprints will be included with volume 2 and separate supplements will be available after that.