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"In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM

 

I'm often asked what was involved in completing this non-profit project successfully! For those who might be considering a similar project, following is a "blow-by-blow" description, which you might find helpful.

 

The Project to have an Acadian CD-ROM produced, began with posting of the following message, on most/all known Genealogy Echoes.


Subj: Original Message, Date: Wed, 04-27-94

Dear Acadian Cousin:

For quite some time now, I have been _very seriously_ considering undertaking the NON-PROFIT PROJECT of producing and making available an ACADIAN CD-ROM. I have now found a Canadian source to produce same at a reasonable cost and, since I'm on the verge of proceeding, would very much value receiving any/all input from my Acadian cousins, through this BBS Media.

Here are some of _my_ thoughts:

1. The Acadian data would be sourced from any/all Acadian cousin willing to participate in this Project, by providing their own Acadian Data via GEDCOM format, on 3 1/2" disk(s).

2. We all know the importance of sourcing _quality_ data! In order to ensure data is as accurate as available, each participant (provider of data), will be required include their complete name, complete address (including postal code), telephone number, fax number (if available), as well as Internet address (if available) as part of the GEDCOM they submit failing which, their data would _not_ be included.ÿ

3. No attempt would be made to merge the data (that would take away the fun of being a genealogist) and from experience, I know this is a monumental task, which can easily lead to the destruction (when attempting to eliminate duplicates) of important data.

4. Multiple Sessions would be used in producing the CD-ROM (allowing the addition of data to a CD-ROM, until it's full) and the disk would be made available to all participants at COST PRICE (plus taxes and shipping charges), as soon as possible/available.

5. In order to ensure the lowest possible production cost, a minimal deposit would be requested of each participant (in order to determine the minimum number of CD-ROM disks to produce). I'm certain you all realize, that the greater the quantity produced, the less the cost. However, since this would be a NON-PROFIT PROJECT, I would not want to get stuck with a large quantity of un-sold disks. I would _estimate_ the cost to be anywhere from $25. to $100., depending on the quantity of CD-ROM disks initially produced.

6. In addition to scanning to ensure there are no virus present, I would personally undertake to ensure each data disk received is reviewed (to ensure the format is correct and the participants personal information is included).

So, I need to know approximately how many of my Acadian Cousins would be interested in participating in such a Project which will result in him/her eventually having access to the finished product, namely...

A CD-ROM DISK CONTAINING 650 MEGS. OF ACADIAN DATA, AT COST PRICE

I need to get your ideas and suggestions, all of which will be considered in determining if this proposed Project has the required merit to proceed and I would look forward to hearing from you. Please don't hold back...give me the positive as well as any negative feedback.

Your Canadian Acadian Cousin, YVON

PS: The only reason I am considering undertaking this Project is that to date, while I've heard many people _talk_ about it, I've yet to see any concrete evidence that an Acadian CD-ROM is/will be produced in the near future...and I'm tired of waiting!

 

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Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #01, Date: Mon, 05-13-94

Dear Acadian Cousins:

As you are probably aware, I have started to accept data to be included in the Acadian CD-ROM I propose to have produced. Since this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* for the benefit of all Acadian cousins, each of the following participants will be provided a copy of the finished product, at the absolute lowest cost:

The following is a list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]: BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]; BOUDREAU, Marcel (N/R)[N/R]; COUTURE, Patti (N/R)[N/R]; CROCHET, Joe (N/R)[1.5 Megs]; CYR, Greg (CYR, DAIGLE, MARTIN, VIOLETTE [1.5 Megs]; CYR, Yvon (CYR, MICHAUD, OUELLETTE, THERIAULT)[2.214 Megs]; GEAKE, Jeanne (N/R)[N/R] GIROUARD, Pierre (N/R)[N/R]; HACHE, Lucien (N/R)[N/R]; HALL, Peggy (RICHARD, LEBLANC, LANDRY, HEBERT)[998.7 K]; NUNN, Ann (N/R)[866 K]; TALBOT, Mike (N/R)[1.5 Megs]; WARREN, Doris (N/R)[N/R].

Following is a list of other "POTENTIAL" participants: ACHEE, Ben; BISHOP, Duane; BRADSHAW, David; BOUDREAU, Don; BURTON, Ron; CAHILL, Holly; CHARPENTIER, Leo; DUGUAY, Yvonne; FREUND, Tom; HARRIS, Michael; KELLEY, Pat; LAIRD, David; LAMOUREUX, Alan; LANOUETTE, Henry; LEDOUX, Tom; LEVESQUE, Ray; MONTZ, Dwayne; PETERSEN, Paul; RICHARD, Albert; Shiley, Steve; TREMBLAY, Eric; TURCOTTE, Linda.

*If you know of any Acadian Cousins who should be on this list, please don't hesitate to communicate the details of my proposed project to them, and encourage them to participate...WE will all benefit!

PS to all Acadian Cousins:

For those Acadian wishing to participate in this project, you need only to send your Acadian data to me (send no money now), at...

(My OLD address), 9 Columbus Crescent, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 3A7

The data must be in GEDCOM format, on 3 1/2" disk(s) and your full name and address *MUST* be included as part of the GEDCOM. If you require any additional information (or have any suggestions), please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update # 02; Date: Mon, 05-14-94

Dear Acadian Cousins:

The following is a list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]:

BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]; BOUDREAU, Marcel (N/R)[N/R]...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Following is a list of other "POTENTIAL" participants:

ACHEE, Ben; ANDREWS, Susan; BAKER, Ken; BANKS, Edward...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, Yvon

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #03; Date: Mon, 05-16-94

Dear Acadian Cousins:

The following is a list of CONFIRMED participants to date, with the names of the (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]:

BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]; BOUDREAU, Marcel (N/R)[N/R]...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Following is a list of other "POTENTIAL" participants:

ACHEE, Ben; ANDREWS, Sue; AUCLAIR, Bill...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, Yvon

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #04; Date: Tue, 05-18-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

The following is a list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]:

BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]; BOUDREAU, Marcel (N/R)[N/R]; COUTURE, Patti (N/R)[N/R]...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Following is a list of other "POTENTIAL" participants:

ACHEE, Ben; ANDREWS, Sue; ARNOLD, Henry...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If I've misspelled _your_ name, please let me know so I can make necessary correction!

PS to all Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

1) Do *YOU* know anyone on this list??? If so, don't hesitate to provide them details of my Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM project and encourage them to participate...WE will ALL benefit!

2) For those Acadians/French Canadians wishing to participate in this project, you need only send your data to me (no money now, please), at...

(My OLD Address), 9 Columbus Crescent, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 3A7

3) a) The data must be in GEDCOM format, on 3 1/2" disk(s).

b) Include any/all text files/notes you wish, as part of the GEDCOM.

c) Using your genealogy software program, prepare and include a Tiny Tafel (ASCII text) of your data, in which you include your full name and complete address. Name this file "YOURNAME.TT". Assuming there is no search/seek software included in the CD-ROM (there _may_ be!), All TT's will be placed in a separate Tafel Directory on the CD-ROM.

d) While I will review each GEDCOM received (to ensure afore mentioned is included, as well as determine the Main Family Names of the GEDCOM), it would be of considerable interest to all participants if each were to include summary text files which might include such things as... total number of names in GEDCOM, percent Acadian/French Canadian, where _your_ ancestors wound-up after "Le Grand Derangement" and any other tidbits which might be of interest to your cousins.

4) As a contributor/participant, _you_ will be given the opportunity to purchase the finished product (650 Megs of Acadian/French Canadian data, in a CD-ROM) at the lowest possible cost (my _guess_...$50.-$75. -all depends on the number of initial participants). Remember, this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I will only have the exact number of CD-ROM disks produced (required to supply each initial participants), only. I have no intention of maintaining any inventory, nor will I become a "clearing-house" for same. Anyone _subsequently_ wanting to source a copy, will probably pay a substantial premium price (it's expensive to have "single" CD-ROM disks produced), but it will be available at the actual cost (my _guess_...minimum $100.-$150, or ?).

5) For those of you who _do not_ have a CD-ROM Drive, remember you need only go to your nearest Library/University, use their facilities, copy the information from the CD-ROM to disk, and then...enjoy!

Feel free to distribute this information to anyone you feel qualifies to participate and if you/they require additional information (or have any suggestions), please don't hesitate to contact me at the addresses listed.

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update # 05; Date: Mon, 05-23-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

The following is a list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]:

ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Other "potential" participants:

ACHEE, Ben; ALEXANDER, Morton...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If I've misspelled _your_ name, please let me know so I can make necessary correction!

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #06; Date: Wed, 05-24-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

The following is the list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]:

ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; BERLO, Peter (N/R)[N/R]; BOUDREAU, Marcel (N/R)[N/R]...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Other "potential" participants:

ACHEE, Ben; ALEXANDER, Morton; ANDREWS, Sue...Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If I've misspelled _your_ name, please let me know so I can make necessary correction! 

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #07; Date: Thu, 06-02-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:


We now have 39 confirmed participants.

Following is the list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes] and in their database: ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; BERLO, Peter (N/R)[1.5 Megs]...Note: In order to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

As you can see from the above noted, things are starting to happen!

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin,

Yvon

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #08; Date: Tue, 06-07-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:


We now have 47 confirmed participants. Following is the list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes] and in their database.

ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; BEAUREGARD, Denis (VINCENT)[7-10 Megs]...Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: Balance of this Update was "lost"!

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #09; Date: Wed, 06-15-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins: Just received some wonderful news from Christiane HALE, one of our confirmed participant! Christiane tells me that the French Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut have confirmed their participation and contribution of over 65,000 names!!!


We now have 58 confirmed participants (plus the FCGSC Association).

Following is the list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes and in their database.

ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; BALTRUNAS, Carl... Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Other "potentials"...

RUMP, Fred (DUBE/DUBAY)... Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If I've misspelled _your_ name, I apologize and would appreciate if you could let me know, so I can make the necessary correction!

Posted on CRSOnline BBS, Toronto, Ont. Canada. Wed., 06-15-94 By: YVON CYR, [Internet: [email protected]] * 1st 1.11 #807 * 650 megs of Acadians, is a lot of Cajun and F/C cousins!

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #10; Date: Tue, 06-21-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:


We now have 70 confirmed participants (plus the FCGSC Association).

Following is the list of "CONFIRMED" participants to date, with the names of (Main Families) they are researching and the approximate [size of their data, in bytes]and in their database:

 

ANDREWS, Susan (N/R)[N/R]; AUCLAIR, Bill (N/R)[N/R] Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

TOTAL RECEIVED TO DATE: 19.6741 Megs (57273 Names)

 

Note 1: N/R indicates confirmed participant, but GEDCOM _Not Received_. Note 2: N/R* indicates received, but problem with GEDCOM, which must be re-submitted by participant.

 

*SPECIAL NOTE* One of our participants has asked if his/her (trying to protect identity here ) will be "copyright protected", since it is his/her intention to "publish" his/her own data at a later date. I have checked with legal counsel (who will be preparing the "copyright text" and been assured that "as long as I continue to fully "document" the Project..."there will be no problems"! Well, as most of you know by now, I'm pretty good at documenting . FYI.

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, Yvon

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #11 Date: Wed, 06-29-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

IMPORTANT NEWS ON _OUR_ CD-ROM PROJECT!

-For quite some time now, I have been working closely with John Smith (of California) who is in the process of developing some search/seek software, for use with the CD-ROM to be produced. It's starting to look like this will become a reality!

-It appears our single largest participant, will be Denis BEAUREGARD, who will be contributing a data base of some 95,000 names!

-Linda TURCOTTE and Don FLEUETTE advise that the American French Genealogical Society of Woonsocket, Rhode Island will likely participate in our Project!

-Our most distant participant, is Duane BISHOP...of Australia!

-Very substantial GEDCOM received from Mike TALBOT, which includes tremendous references on Royalty etc., dating back to the early 1100's!

-Christiane HALE advises that the French Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut, will be contributing some 65,000 names!

 

 

Subj: Acadian/French Canadian CD-Rom Update #12; Date: Sun, 07-10-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

This is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* for the benefit of all Acadian/French Canadian cousins and each of the registered/confirmed participants listed below, will be provided a copy of the finished product, at the absolute lowest cost.

LIST OF REGISTERED/CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS TO DATE:

ACHEE, Roland*; ANDREWS, Susan*; ARNOLD, Henry* Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

* indicates GEDCOM not received.

# indicates Gedcom received but could not be read. Must re-submit.

Note: If I've misspelled any names, I apologize and would appreciate if you could advise so I can make necessary correction.

So, how can *YOU* become a registered/confirmed participant? Simple. Merely send me a message, preferably via Internet E-Mail at address...

[email protected]

...confirming that you want to participate. Provide me the names of the _FOUR_ main Acadian/French Canadian families you are researching and, if possible, as estimate (in bytes) of what ultimately the GEDCOM you submit, will contain. Then, at your earliest opportunity (but no later than mid-October, 1994) send me your GEDCOM. Please send no money now.

1. The (ascii) GEDCOM data, MUST be in IBM/DOS format and preferably sent on 3 1/2" high density disk(s) by snail mail, to...

Yvon Cyr, (My OLD Address), 9 Columbus Crescent, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 3A7

2. Depending on the size of your GEDCOM, it may be "zipped" using PKZIP (version 2.04g). Use the file name...."YOURNAME.GED" for this GEDCOM. Your full name, complete address and telephone/fax number MUST be included as part of the GEDCOM.

3. In the event you prefer sending your GEDCOM via Internet E-Mail, you may do so at the following Internet address...

[email protected]

Your file must be zipped (using PKZIP), then UNIX encoded using only UUencode. The encoded _FILE ONLY_ should be included in the body of the message...no other text. This will save the need for me to edit the file. And double-check to make certain the file starts with the usual "BEGIN XXX yourname.zip" and has the required "END" marker. Depending on the size, it may be necessary to "SPLIT" the file.

4. Using a genealogy software program such as GED2TT (a shareware program available from most BBS'), prepare and include an (ascii) TINY TAFEL (in which your full name, complete address and telephone/fax number, is included...this is a MUST), listing _ALL_ surnames in your GEDCOM. This TT should be named..."YOURNAME.TT" and be included on the disk(s) you submit.

5. I personally check every GEDCOM received to ensure the afore mentioned data is included and as a test, temporary load the GEDCOM in my own genealogy software to ensure there is no problem (ie corrupted data) with the GEDCOMS. I DO NOT however, verify (or modify) any of the data. I also check for virus' and determine the actual size of data as well as number of families included. I also browse through the sources of references etc.

6. I highly encourage everyone to include as many notes/text files which can be a source of interest for researchers. Such things as personal notes as to where your ancestors wound-up after "Le Grand Derangement" and any other tidbits of information which you feel will be of interest to your Acadian/French Canadian cousins.

7. In order to be included in the CD-ROM, your GEDCOM data should total a minimum of 100K bytes...no maximum. SPECIAL NOTE: I reserve the right to exclude, at my sole discretion, any/all GEDCOM data which I judge to be inappropriate for inclusion in the CD-ROM!

8. As a contributor/registered participant, you will be entitled to purchase any quantity of the finished product (CD-ROM containing as close to 650 megs of Acadian/French Canadian data, as possible), at the lowest possible cost...my guess is between $50 to $75...and I now feel comfortable in stating the cost should include the CD, art work, packaging, special developed search/seek software, and shipping expenses! But I assure you, whatever MY cost will be, is what YOU'LL pay! Needless to say, the more participants we have, the lower the cost will be. REMEMBER, this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I will only have produced the exact number of CD's required to supply each...

NOTE: Balance of this Update, was "lost"!

 

 

Subj: Acadian/F-C CD-ROM Update #13; Date: Wed, 08-10-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

In order to reduce the size of this (and future Updates), I am only listing the names of those "confirmed participants" whose GEDCOMS have NOT been received (or need to be re-submitted, as indicated by #):

ACHEE, Roland; ANDREWS, Susan; ARNOLD, Henry; AUCLAIR, Bill; BALTRUNAS, Carl; BERNARD, Jeffrey; BILODEAU, Raymond; BOLIN, Timothy; BOMERSHEIM, Cynthia; BOUDREAU, Marcel;. Note: In the interest of minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

# indicates Gedcom received but could not be read. Must re-submit.

Note: If I've misspelled any names, I apologize and would appreciate if you could advise so I can make necessary correction.

NOTE: Balance of this Update, was "lost"!

 

 

Subj: Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM Update #14; Date: Sat, 08-27-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

In order to reduce the size of this (and future Updates), I am only listing the names of those "confirmed participants" whose GEDCOMS HAVE been received. (Note: There are many more to come; see number listed below)

BARRUS, Joseph; BEAUREGARD, Denis; BERLO, Peter; BERRY, Connie; BISHOP, Duane; BLANCHARD, Paul; BLAQUIERE, Yvon; Note" In the interest of minimizing space and repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If I've misspelled any names, I apologize and would appreciate if you could advise so I can make necessary correction.

 

 

Subj: Acadian/F-C CD-ROM Update #15; Date: Sun, 09-25-94

Note to Postmasters: This message is being posted on TWO Fidonet Echos only...the Main Genealogy Conference and the Canadian Genealogy Conference. Please allow posting...and thanks. Yvon

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

In order to reduce the size of this (and future Updates), I am only listing the names of those "confirmed participants" whose GEDCOMS HAVE been received. (Note: There are many more to come; see number listed below)

ACHEE, Ben; BARRUS, Joseph; BEAUREGARD, Denis; BERLO, Peter; BERRY, Connie; BISHOP, Duane; BLANCHARD, Paul; BLAQUIERE, Yvon; BODEMULLER, M. Frances; BOMERSHEIM, Cynthia; Note: In the interest of preserving space and minimizing repetition, this is a partial list of names only!

Note: If you don't see YOUR name listed, it's because I've NOT received your GEDCOM (it may be in the mail) or, there's a problem with the data you sent. It also means your GEDCOM will NOT be on the CD-ROM, unless you correct the situation promptly.

 

 

Subj: Acadian/French-Canadian CD-ROM Update #16; Date: Wed, 10-05-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

Well folks, this *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* to produce an Acadian/French Canadian Genealogical CD-ROM started in April, is winding down. As you know, GEDCOMS received AFTER October 30th, will NOT be included on the CD-ROM (except under very extra-ordinary circumstances which I MAY agree upon...but not very likely)! As of today, the following participants' GEDCOM have been received and WILL be included on the CD-ROM:

Achee, B.; Andrews, S.; Barrus, J.; Beauregard, D....Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

Note: If you don't see your name listed above, it's because a) I've NOT received your GEDCOM(S) (it may be still in the snail mail) or, b) there's a problem with the data you submitted. It also means your GEDCOM will NOT be included on the CD-ROM...unless YOU correct the situation, promptly.

And here are the stats to date....

a) Total # of participants : 121

b) Total # of GEDCOMS received : 72

c) Total # of Gedcoms, yet to be received: 49

d) Total data received : 109.1084 Megs

e) Total # of names received : 341,831

 

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q. Have you decided on a name for the Project?

A. Yes, the Project will be called, "In Search of Our Acadian Roots".

Q. Who can buy the CD-ROM, at cost price?

A. ANYONE can buy ANY QUANTITY at the absolute cost price, as long as their order is placed for the INITIAL production. Let's face it, the more I can get produced, the less it will cost all of us. Also, the main enjoyment I get out of genealogy, is the sharing of information with anyone interested.

Q. Why is it that, initially you seemed to want to restrict it to "participants" only?

A. You gotta admit, it was a heck of a good way of getting as many participants as we now have!

Q. OK, so how much will it cost?

A. My best estimate at this time is somewhere between $25. and $50. (US), since the quantity produced has a major impact on the cost.

Q. What will this price include?

A. The CD with GEDCOMS containing at least the above number of names, art work for the labels, plastic holder for the CD, possibly an insert, packaging, shrink wrap, shipping package, cost of shipping and some very awesome software which has been developed specifically for this CD by John Smith, a programmer from California. The search/seek software has the capability of comparing the data on your own GEDCOM (regardless of whether you are a participant or not) and producing a "probable match" report, indicating in which GEDCOM the information you're interested in, is located. It also has a built-in reader for viewing all GEDCOMS, Tiny Tafels, text files etc.

Q. How difficult will it be to use the software?

A. If you can type the word "acadian", you'll probably have no problems since complete instructions are included.

Q. How many CD's will you be getting produced?

A. Since this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT*, I will only have produced the exact quantity required to fill orders received. I have no intention of holding (or getting stuck) with any inventory and I will not become a "clearing house", for same.

Q. Will a person be able to source the CD-ROM after the initial production?

A. Yes, but obviously at a higher price, since it will cost more to have smaller quantities produced.

Q. When do you expect the actual CD will be produced?

A. I anticipate by early December, since my goal is to complete shipping by year-end...maybe even in time for your Christmas stocking!

Q. Can we still send our GEDCOM and participate?

A. Any GEDCOM which meets the criteria (minimum 100 K bytes of PRIMARILY Acadian/French-Canadian data, in IBM format) RECEIVED prior October 30, 1994 will be included, but I reserve the right to exclude any GEDCOM which, in my judgment, may be inappropriate.

Q. My data is in MAC format. Is it suitable for the CD?

A. Yes and no. The CD will contain IBM format data only, since a different platform would be required for MAC format. However, if YOU convert your data and send it to me in IBM format I'll include it, if it meets the other criteria.

Q. Do you edit or modify any of the data sent in?

A. Absolutely not. I verify the GEDCOMS (to be certain they are in the proper format etc.), but no changes whatsoever are made to actual data. Where necessary, I DO change the file name of the GEDCOM and TT to comply with my previously issued instruction...but that's it.

Q. Where and how do I send my GEDCOM?

A. You can send by E-mail at my Internet [email protected] (must be zipped and UUencoded), or send diskettes by Parcel Post.

Q. I am considering publishing my own data, at a later date. Will there be some kind of copyrights on the CD?

A. The data on the CD, as a WHOLE, will be copyright protected worldwide. Every attempt will be made to protect individual data. Users will be requested to obtain your permission before reproducing. And certainly, no one will be permitted to use the data for profit-making.

Q. I sent you $100. back in June and it was returned to me. Why?

A. I refused to accept any money, even though many of you were prepared to send deposits from day-one, for the following reasons. A) I wanted to be absolutely certain this Project would get off the ground and B) since I have a severe cardiac condition, I wanted to be certain I could complete the Project.

Q. A severe cardiac condition?

A. Yes, I had triple by-pass fourteen years ago and was forced to stop working in 1990. Furthermore, I've recently been informed that I will require a further by-pass.

Q. So what happens to the Project if you are unable to complete it?

A. The earliest my surgery could be scheduled, is mid-February 1995. So I have every confidence I will be able to complete the Project. Q. But what if your health doesn't hold up?

A. You'll be pleased to know I have made arrangements to have our Cajun- Cousin PEGGY HALL, complete the Project, in the (unlikely) event I am unable to do so. Incidentally, this is the reason I stated in my Update #15 that I would NOT accept ANY deposit until AFTER October 30th. I wanted to make absolutely certain this Project would become a reality, under any circumstances.

Q. How much deposit do you require?

A. Again, because this a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I don't want to get stuck with any inventory, I require a $25. (US, or Canadian equivalent) deposit PER CD ordered.

Q. When, where and how do I send the deposit?

A. Now that I'm absolutely certain the Project will become a reality and have PEGGY HALL as backup if necessary, I HAVE STARTED ACCEPTING DEPOSITS. Be aware that if, for any reason, I am personally unable to complete the Project, every thing (including your deposits) will be forwarded to PEGGY, so that she can finalize it. Your money order or others means (please do NOT send personal cheques), should be made payable to Yvon L. Cyr and sent to my current home address (until December 15, 1994 only): Yvon L. Cyr, (My OLD Address included here), ...and be certain to include your exact name, address and Internet address (or self-addressed stamped envelope, if you are not on-line via Internet or BBS and want confirmation via snail mail, that your deposit has been received).

Q. I submitted my $25. in Canadian funds. Do I have to re-submit any money now?

A. No, I will adjust the exchange rate when I inform you the final cost.

Q. So you confirm receipt of all $25 US deposits?

A. No, only those whom I can contact via Internet or BBS'...unless a stamped, self-address has been included with their deposit.

Q. What is the absolute latest date you will accept deposit for CD's from the INITIAL production?

A. I would really like to complete this Project by year-end. And in order to do that, I would have to receive all deposits by at least NOVEMBER 30, 1994.

Q. And ANYONE can purchase ANY QUANTITY at cost price?

A. YES, as long as they place their order (by deposit) before November 30th and their purchase is NOT for reproduction/redistribution, in WHOLE.

Q. Does this mean there be a copyright on the CD?

A. Absolutely...and world-wide. HOWEVER, the copyright will be placed on the CD as a WHOLE, but not in PART. Let's face it, I considered the GEDCOMS submitted by participants, to be their property...not mine.

Q. What is your best estimate of the TOTAL final cost price?

A. Again this is very much dependent on the numbers produced, but I've received a firm quotation from the producer and have calculated that if I receive at least 250 firm orders, the total price will be under $50. On the other hand, if I received 1000 firm orders, the price would be as low as $25.

Q. Any final comments?

A. Yes, you should be aware that my new address, AFTER DECEMBER 15, 1994 only, will be:

Yvon L. Cyr, Author/Producer of the Genealogical CD-ROM... "In Search of Our Acadian Roots", 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 4W4 Internet: [email protected]

 

 

Subject: Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM Update #19A "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM Update; Date: November 1, 1994

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

This, one of my final Updates on the *NON-PROFIT* Project to have an Acadian/French Canadian Genealogy CD-ROM produced for the benefit of all serious genealogists, contains both GOOD and BAD news...

BAD: To date, I've received $25 US deposits/orders from only 69 persons! GOOD: There are many who've sent me messages that "their check is in the mail"!

BAD: In order to keep the total cost (including EVERYTHING) under $50. US, I need a minimum of 200 orders!

GOOD: I've made a personal commitment, that your cost will NOT exceed $50. US. and I intend to keep that commitment!

BAD: It could cost me a heck of a lot of out-of-pocket money, if I don't receive at least 200 orders/deposits!

GOOD: I've decided to EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING ORDERS/DEPOSITS ($25. US per CD ordered, preferably by US Postal Money Order), to DECEMBER 31, 1994!

BAD: This means we won't get the CD in time for "Christmas gifts"!

GOOD: If, between now and DECEMBER 31st, I receive orders/deposits for 300 CD's, the total cost would drop to around $40. US and at 500, to around $30. US!

BAD (from MY point of view): I've "only" received 492,305 names for the CD-ROM and my "ultimate goal" was to attain half-a-million names! GOOD: I've found a couple of submitters, who's GEDCOM will put us over the top...the CD WILL contain over 500,000 names!

BAD: Even with 500,000 names and all the great text files which I've received, the CD would "only" contain about 200 megs of data!

GOOD: A CD has the capacity of about 650 megs and I'm hoping to make arrangements, to include some EXCELLENT genealogy shareware software, which most of you probably don't know even exists! (Thanks to Denis Beauregard, for the great suggestion).

BAD: My major surgery (another by-pass) is scheduled for February 14, 1995.

GOOD: It only takes a couple of weeks to have the CD's produced (when everything is loaded on a hard drive), so this means the CD's will be produced and SHIPPED by late January, 1995

 

 

Following is the list of participants, who's GEDCOM will be included on the CD-ROM...I'll have a couple of more names to include:

Achee, B.; Andrews, S.; Arnold, H.; Barrus, J.; Beauregard, D.; Berlo, P....Note: In an effort to minimize repetition, this is a partial list of names only.

F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q. Who can buy the CD-ROM, at cost price?

A. ANYONE can buy ANY QUANTITY at the absolute cost price, as long as a) their order is NOT for reproduction/redistribution in WHOLE, and b) their order is placed for the INITIAL production...let's face it, the more I can get produced, the less it will cost all of us. Also, the main enjoyment I get out of genealogy, is the sharing of information with anyone so interested.

 

Q. OK, so how much will it cost?

A. My best estimate at this time is somewhere between $25. and $50. (US, or Canadian equivalent), since the quantity produced has a major impact on the cost.

 

Q. What will this price include?

A. The CD with GEDCOMS containing at least 500,000 names, art work for the labels, plastic jewel case holder for the CD, possibly an insert, packaging, shrink wrap, shipping package, cost of shipping and some very awesome software which has been developed specifically for this CD by John Smith, a programmer from California. The search/seek software has the capability of comparing the data on your own GEDCOM (regardless of whether your GEDCOM is on the CD or not), and producing a "probable match" report, indicating in which GEDCOM the information you're interested in, is located. It also has a built-in reader for viewing all GEDCOMS, Tiny Tafels, text files etc. So the cost will basically include EVERYTHING...and no, you won't be required to purchase any "key" to access the CD-ROM!

 

Q. How difficult will it be to use the software?

A. If you can type the word "acadian", you'll probably have no problems since complete instructions are included.

 

Q. How many CD's will you be getting produced?

A. Since this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT*, I will only have produced the exact quantity required to fill orders received. I have no intention of holding (or getting stuck) with any inventory and I will not become a "clearing house", for same.

 

Q. Will a person be able to source the CD-ROM after the initial production?

A. Yes, but obviously at a higher price, since it will cost more to have smaller quantities produced.

 

Q. Can we still send our GEDCOM and participate?

A. Sorry, no.

 

Q. Do you edit or modify any of the data sent in?

A. Absolutely not. I verify the GEDCOMS (to be certain they are in the proper format etc.), but no changes whatsoever are made to actual data. Where necessary, I DO change the file name of the GEDCOM and TT to comply with my previously issued instruction...but that's it.

 

Q. Have you received many text files?

A. In additional to the MANY text files which form an integral part of the GEDCOMS, I've received TONS OF ADDITIONAL TEXT FILES which will be of interest to everyone. For example, ALL of Peter Berlo's (of S*A*D fame) Acadian HISTORIES and TIDBITS, censuses, Canadian addresses to obtain Genealogical Information, Bibliography...and on and on.

 

Q. How can we be certain the information contained on the CD-ROM is correct?

A. The information on the CD will only be as accurate as the GEDCOMS submitted, since no attempt was made to verify, modify or merge any of the data. I can tell you however, that most of the participants a) are well-known in genealogy circles and b) have included excellent source references. So if the same source reference is listed in more than one data base, it's probably accurate. But hey, I had to leave YOU something to do!

 

Q. Why did you insist the participant provide their name, full addresses and phone numbers?

A. The information will be included on the CD so that they may be contacted (if necessary to verify some information), by users of the CD and, secondly if anyone had refused to provide the information (no one did), I would have seriously questioned the integrity of their data.

 

Q. I don't have a CD-ROM Drive on my computer. Why should I buy this CD?

A. I'm absolutely certain one day you WILL have a CD Drive but in the interim, you need only go to your nearest Library/College/University, and use their facilities.

 

Q. I sent you $100. back in June and it was returned to me. Why?

A. I refused to accept any money, even though many of you were prepared to send deposits from day-one, for the following reasons. A) I wanted to be absolutely certain this Project would get off the ground and B) since I have a severe cardiac condition, I wanted to be certain I could complete the Project.

 

Q. A severe cardiac condition?

A. Yes, I had triple by-pass fourteen years ago and was forced to stop working in 1990. Furthermore, I've recently been informed that I will require a further by-pass.

 

Q. So what happens to the Project if you are unable to complete it?

A. The earliest my surgery could be scheduled, is mid-February 1995. So I have every confidence I will be able to complete the Project.

 

Q. But what if your health doesn't hold up?

A. You'll be pleased to know I have made arrangements to have our Cajun- Cousin PEGGY HALL, complete the Project, in the (unlikely) event I am unable to do so. Incidentally, this is the reason I stated in my Update #15 that I would NOT accept ANY deposit until AFTER October 30th. I wanted to make absolutely certain this Project would become a reality, under any circumstances.

 

Q. How much deposit do you require?

A. Again, because this a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I don't want to get stuck with any inventory, I require a $25. (US, or Canadian equivalent) deposit PER CD ordered.

 

Q. When, where and how do I send the deposit?

A. Now that I'm absolutely certain the Project will become a reality and have PEGGY HALL as backup if necessary, I HAVE STARTED ACCEPTING DEPOSITS. Be aware that if, for any reason, I am personally unable to complete the Project, every thing (including your deposits) will be forwarded to PEGGY, so that she can finalize it. Your US Postal Money Order or others means (please do NOT send personal cheques), should be made payable to Yvon L. Cyr and sent to my current home address (until December 15, 1994 only):

Yvon L. Cyr (My OLD Address included here)

...and be certain to include your exact name, address and Internet address (or self-addressed stamped envelope, if you are not on-line via Internet or BBS and want confirmation via snail mail, that your deposit has been received).

 

Q. I submitted my $25. in Canadian funds. Do I have to re-submit any money now?

A. No, I will adjust the exchange rate when I inform you the final cost.

 

Q. So you confirm receipt of all $25 US deposits?

A. No, only those whom I can contact via Internet or BBS'...unless a stamped, self-address has been included with their deposit.

 

Q. What is the absolute latest date you will accept deposit for CD's from the INITIAL production?

A. December 31, 1994...and not one day later!

 

Q. And ANYONE can purchase ANY QUANTITY at cost price?

A. YES, as long as they place their order (by deposit) before December 31st and their purchase is NOT for reproduction/redistribution, in WHOLE.

 

Q. Does this mean there be a copyright on the CD?

A. Absolutely...and world-wide. HOWEVER, the copyright will be placed on the CD as a WHOLE, but not in PART. Let's face it, I considered the GEDCOMS submitted by participants, to be their property...not mine.

 

Q. What is your best estimate of the TOTAL final cost price?

A. Again this is very much dependent on the numbers produced, but I've received a firm quotation from the producer and have calculated that if I receive at least 200 firm orders, the total price will not exceed $50. US. On the other hand, if I received 1000 firm orders, the price could be as low as $25.

 

Q. Any final comments?

A. Yes, you should be aware that my new address, AFTER DECEMBER 15, 1994 only, will be:

Yvon L. Cyr, Author/Producer of the Genealogical CD-ROM... "In Search of Our Acadian Roots", 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4 Internet: [email protected]

 

 

Subj: Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM Update #20; Date: Fri, 11-25-94

 

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

While this *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* I undertook (back in April) to have produced an Acadian/French Canadian Genealogy CD-ROM, has been one of the most SATISFYING accomplishments of my life, in terms of end-results, it is probably the MOST DISAPPOINTING!

1. Initially, I had 142 "COMMITTED" (?) participants, 24 of which DID NOT come through, when the time came to submit their GEDCOM! 2. Now, as I prepare to have the CD produced...and it WILL be produced since I keep MY commitments, I've received deposits/orders from a grand total of 102 persons, even after extending the deadline to December 31st.

3. Very few have actually requested (via deposit) more than ONE CD, which amazes me since I rather expected many would want to give copies to their grand-children. Surely, you must all know some other genealogists who could benefit from this "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD, containing in excess of 1/2 MILLION NAMES, as well as thousands of text files, many megs of Genealogy Shareware Software and Utilities, the likes of which you've never seen, PLUS a built-in search-seek software taylor- made for this CD??? Surely you must know (or belong to) some Genealogy Society/Association, who could benefit from sourcing this CD?

4. Well, I've said it many times before and I'll repeat it again...since this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* I have no intentions of getting stuck with "unsold inventory". So I rather suspect, this will be a "ONE-SHOT" deal...you either get the CD now, or you probably don't get it at all, since I doubt there will ever be a need to get re-prints.

5. As stated in previous messages, I had anticipated a minimum 200 orders and on THAT basis, felt very confident that the TOTAL COST would not exceed $50. USA funds. So I made a COMMITMENT that the cost would be "something under $50. USA and regardless of my end cost, I intend to keep that COMMITMENT!

6. So, THE FINAL COST TO EVERYONE, WILL BE $49. USA (I'll absorb the dollar, if I don't achieve the 200 minimum required). However, in the (unlikely) event I receive 300 or more orders, the price will drop another $10., which I will be more than happy to return to each of you, enclosed with your CD.

7. I will be going ahead with production sometime between now and early January 1995 and the CD's will be shipped-out on a first-come first-serve basis. That is to say, I will record final payments ($24.USA) in order of receipts...and the CD's will be shipped-out in that same sequence.

8. Now, for those of you who made deposits in CANADIAN funds, keep in mind that with the exchange rate, this translated into around $18. USA. And since the final price is $49. IN USA FUNDS (or Canadian equivalent), you may want to check with me as to the final balance owing. CD's will not be shipped until any/all amount owing, has been paid in full.

9. I encourage you to use Postal Money Orders to submit final payment, since personal cheques will have to be "cleared by your bank" before I send you the CD.

10. Since I previously posted the list of "participants" whose GEDCOMS will be included on the CD, I will not repeat it here again...but if you are uncertain as to your status, just drop me a note. Remember, your own GEDCOM does NOT have to be on the CD, in order for you to benefit from same, since the ACADIAN.EXE will allow you to compare this GEDCOM against all those in the CD data base(s).

Finally, as I re-read this message, I sense you will note a twinge of frustration...for that I apologize. And for the many many of you who have been so cooperative and supportive, I sincerely thank you.

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, YVON L. CYR, Author/Producers of the... "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD,

 

PS: And remember...

CURRENT ADDRESS: Yvon L. Cyr, 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4

Internet: [email protected]

 

 

 

Subj: The Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM Update #21; "In Search of Our Acadian Roots"; A *NON-PROFIT PROJECT*, undertaken by Yvon L. Cyr; Date: Thu, 12-01-94

 

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

This will probably be the last Update provided on the above noted, BEFORE the actual Production of the CD-ROM commences! So PLEASE read the following carefully!!!

1. YES, the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM is now scheduled to be produced, starting January 4, 1995. I've been provided an estimate of TWO WEEKS for production to be completed.

2. The CD will contain a MINIMUM of 501,628 names! It will also contain "a ton" of text files, Genealogy Shareware software, utilities and much much more!

3. NO, I am NOT accepting any new GEDCOMS (or updates of ones already submitted). There are TWO exceptions and those people know who they are.

4. YES, orders for the CD will continue to be accepted until December 31, 1994...but either your $25. deposit, or full payment ($49.in USA funds, or Canadian equivalent), MUST BE IN MY HANDS BY DECEMBER 31, 1994. If I don't at least have your $25 deposit by then, your CD will NOT be ordered. Sorry.

5. In the event I receive orders for 300 (or more) CD's by December 31st, the cost will drop $10., which will be refunded each of you at the time your CD(s) is/are mailed.

6. Orders will be shipped, probably starting January 20, 1995 in the order in which FULL PAYMENTS and/or balance of deposit, were received.

7. YES, those of you who have already sent in a $25. deposit, may send the balance owing ($24.) ANYTIME. As stated above, if the cost drops (based on quantity of initial production), you'll receive a $10. refund with the CD.

8. I would prefer all deposits/balance of deposits/new orders be paid via Postal Money Order...in USA Funds. If this is not convenient, you may send your personal cheque, but your CD(s) WILL NOT be shipped, until your cheque has been cleared by your bank.

9. If you are paying in Canadian funds, be certain to consider the exchange rate...since your order will NOT be shipped until full payment is received.

10. NO, I will not be ordering any "extra" CD's to hold in inventory. As explained many times, this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I do not intend to get stuck with unsold inventory. I will only get produced, the quantity required to fill orders for which I have received deposit (or full payment) for, on December 31st. There will be no extension of this date.

11. YES, you'll still be able to order the CD after December 31st, but I have no idea what the price will be, or how long it will take before a SECOND production can be sourced.

12. On December 15, 1994 my wife and I will be moving to 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X7

I expect to take this opportunity to also upgrade my Modem to 28.8 K and it may be a few weeks before I'm up and running again. So, please be patient. In consideration of the afore mentioned, I would really appreciate if you could HOLD any/all messages from December 10 to about January 2-3, 1995...contact me by fax (preferably) or phone if you absolutely need to. During this period, I will only acknowledge receipt of deposits, to those who enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their deposit. Thanks for understanding.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Votre Petit Cajun-Cousin, Yvon

PS: And remember...

CURRENT ADDRESS.......Yvon L. Cyr, 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4

INTERNET: [email protected]

 

 

 

Subj: The Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM; Update #22; "In Search of Our Acadian Roots"; A *NON-PROFIT PROJECT*, undertaken by Yvon L. Cyr; Date: Fri, 12-09-94

Dear Acadian/French Canadian Cousins:

This IS MY FINAL UPDATE to be provided on the above noted, BEFORE the actual Production of the CD-ROM commences! So PLEASE read the following very carefully!!!

1. YES, the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM is now scheduled to be produced, starting January 4, 1995. I've been provided an estimate of TWO TO THREE WEEKS for production to be completed.

2. The CD will contain a MINIMUM of 511,216 names! It will also contain "a ton" of text files, over 200 Genealogy Shareware/Freeware software, utilities and much much more!

3. NO, I am NOT accepting any new GEDCOMS (or updates of ones already submitted).

4. YES, orders for the CD will continue to be accepted until December 31, 1994...but either your $25. deposit in USA funds, or full payment ($49.in USA funds, or Canadian equivalent), MUST BE IN MY HANDS BY DECEMBER 31, 1994. If I don't at least have your $25 deposit by then, your CD will NOT be ordered. Sorry. I want to be absolutely certain there is no misunder- standing on this (since deposits have NOT as yet been received from some of the participants...whose GEDCOMS will be included on the CD). There will be NO EXTENSION of the December 31st deadline to receive deposits/ full payments...NO DEPOSIT by December 31st... NO CD.

5. In the event I receive orders for 300 (or more) CD's by December 31st, the cost will drop $10., which will be refunded each of you at the time your CD(s) is/are mailed.

6. Orders will be shipped, probably in late January (or early February), 1995 in the order in which FULL PAYMENTS and/or balance of deposit, were received.

7. YES, those of you who have already sent in a $25. deposit, may send the balance owing ($24.) ASAP...the sooner I receive the balance owing, the sooner you will receive the CD. As stated above, if the cost drops (based on quantity of initial production exceeding 300), you'll receive a $10. refund with the CD.

8. I would prefer all deposits/balance of deposits/new orders be paid via Postal Money Order...in USA Funds. If this is not convenient, you may send your personal cheque, but your CD(s) WILL NOT be shipped, until your cheque has been cleared by your bank.

9. If you are paying in Canadian funds, be certain to consider the exchange rate...since your order will NOT be shipped until full payment (in USA or Canadian equivalent), is received.

10. NO, I will not be ordering any "extra" CD's to hold in inventory. As explained many times, this is a *NON-PROFIT PROJECT* and I do not intend to get stuck with unsold inventory. I will only get produced, the quantity required to fill orders for which I have received deposit (or full payment) for, on December 31st. I repeat...there will be no extension of this date.

11. YES, you'll still be able to order the CD after December 31st, but I have no idea what the price will be, or how long it will take before a SECOND production can be sourced.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Votre Petit Cajun-Cousin, Yvon

 

PS: And remember...

CURRENT ADDRESS.......Yvon L. Cyr, 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4

INTERNET: [email protected]

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD Update #23; "In Search of Our Acadian Roots"; Date: Mon, 01-09-95

Well folks, I decided to get back on-line early, in order to provide you an Update on the progress of the production of the Acadian Genealogy CD "In Search of Our Acadian Roots"! GREAT NEWS...I hold in my "hot little hands", the pre-master CD which was produced last week. It is a beauty and exceeds even my own expectation. I've been testing all aspect of this pre-master for three days, and have been UNABLE to find any problems whatsoever...the search/seek software included, is awesome!

 

 

Subj: Acadian CD-ROM Update #24; Date: Wed, 01-25-95

GOOD NEWS

I am very very pleased to confirm that, as this Update is being released, the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD is in production! Yes, the necessary art-work (for labels and inserts), together with pre-master CD (which performed flawlessly on the FIVE computers I tested it on), were delivered to the final producer yesterday. I've received their assurance that the CD's, packaged in appropriate shrink-wrapped jewel cases, will be ready within 10 days to two weeks!

BETTER NEWS

I've completed the required "shipping labels" which have been affixed to the Jet-Paks to be used for shipment of your CD's. However, I remind you... only those CD's for which I've received the FULL $49. payment (in USA funds or Canadian equivalent), will be shipped. This also applied to those "personal cheques" which have NOT yet been cleared by your bank. Keep in mind I am scheduled for my angiogram on February 14th, so anything received after that date (or a few days before), could be substantially delayed (especially if the doctors proceed with the anticipated by-pass operation! Please don't blame ME for YOUR delay.

BEST NEWS

I've received a number of NEW orders for the CD, AFTER placing the initial (firm) order with the producer. As outlined in my last Update, I anticipated the COST of subsequent productions would increase the price to between $59. and $79. USA. Well folks, I'm very pleased to inform everyone, that the producer has agreed, on a trial basis and for an undetermined period of time, TO MAINTAIN INVENTORY OF THE CD and continue to make them available to me at the original price...and on a 10 day delivery (to me) basis! So for all of those who thought they "missed the boat", here's your opportunity to source [any quantity] of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD at the absolute all-inclusive COST of $49. USA or Canadian equivalent funds. To those of you who sent me a $35. deposit for the second production, be advised your CD will be shipped as soon as I receive the $14. balance owing. Please remember, I personally am not making any profit whatsoever on this Project which I undertook back in April 1994, for the benefit of all my Cajun-Cousins.

This "may" be my last Update until AFTER my operation...but I assure you, those CD's paid-in-full WILL BE SHIPPED-OUT BEFORE I enter the hospital (assuming no production delay) and those for which final payment is received AFTER February 14th, will be mailed by my wife, Judy, on my behalf.

Finally, I want to publically thank all who have support this exciting Project but especially John SMITH (the author of the search/seek software on the CD), my good friend and Cajun-Cousin Peggy HALL who was so supportive from day-one, my best friend and wife Judy (only she knows how many hours I devoted to this Project) and my uncle Roch Louis CYR...who got me started on the super-genealogy-highway!

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, YVON

PS: Additional information/orders available from: YVON L, CYR, Author/Producer of the CD... "In Search of Our Acadian Roots", 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4 Internet: [email protected]

 

 

Subject: "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM Project; A NON-PROFIT Project produced by Yvon L. Cyr; Release: Update # 25, dated February 9, 1995

Dear Cajun-Friends:

I am very very excited and pleased to confirm that the above noted Project which I personally undertook back in April 1994, has now come to a satis- factory conclusion and that. AS OF TODAY, all copies of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD PAID IN FULL, have been shipped to everyone! While all CD's have been shipped by "air", I would recommend you wait 3-4 weeks before inquiring as to any delay.

I regret to say, that a number of participants have not yet submitted the "outstanding" balance and their CD's will only be shipped on receipt of same. Here is a list of those in this category: Abar, G; Blaquiere, Y; Bodemuller, M.F.; Comeau, R; Girard, L.; Grenier, G.; Hall, P.; Hansen, J.; Lapointe, P.; Masicotte, Y.; Miller, D.; O'Conell, J.; O'Neill, R.; G.; Robichaud, I.; Savary, J; Smith, C.; West, M.; It may be that "you're cheque is in the mail"...if so, the CD(s) will mailed on receipt.

Now, for those of you who have still NOT placed an order for the CD, I am extremely happy to repeat that the manufacturer has agreed to maintain inventory (for an undetermined period of time and on a trial basis), which means that the $49 USA all-inclusive price for the CD, will continue for now. Also, the manufacturer/producer, has agreed to provide me a 20% "overrun" of the initial production ON CONSIGNMENT...which means there will NOT be a 10-15 delay in shipping any future orders and, on receipt of your US Postal Money Order of $49. (or Canadian Postal Money Order of $69.) the CD will be shipped within one or two days. If however, you chose to send personal cheques (which are quite acceptable) there WILL be a delay in shipping, while the cheque is cleared by YOUR bank.

In my personal opinion, the manufacturer is "going-out-of-his-way" to try to continue making this "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD, available at the lowest possible cost, to all who want to take advantage and benefit from what I personally believe will be the first "Classic Acadian Genealogy CD", to go down in history. Some have asked "how long will the CD be available at the $49/$69 COST price"? I can only "speculate" that the manufacture will continue with this arrangements, as long as it's worth-his-while!

So, for those who will shortly receive your "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD containing over 1/2 millions names (and pedigree), 200+ genealogy-related shareware software/utilities and hundreds upon hundreds of Acadian/French Canadian-related text files, I look forward to receiving your comments on same, since I know you'll be pleasantly surprised and your comments will make for great reading, during my "recovery period"!

For those who have still not sourced a copy of this historical genealogical Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM, send your $49. US Postal Money Order (or $69 Canadian Postal Money order, to....

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin,

YVON L. Cyr, Author/Producer of the CD-ROM... "In Search of Our Acadian Roots", 3-304 Stone Road West, GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4 Internet: [email protected]

PS: And if you have any questions about this Project, please do not hesitate to contact me, preferably via my Internet address...I respond to ALL Internet messages received!

 

 

 

Subj: ACADIAN CD-ROM UPDATE # 26; REFERENCE: "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" Genealogy CD-ROM; A NON-PROFIT PROJECT completed by YVON L. CYR; Date: Mon, 02-20-95

 

Hi Cousins:

I thought I should provide you a report on my personal status, as well as that of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM Project.

1. My heart catherization/angiogram procedure was uneventful and I am now back home. The result of the angiogram indicates that two of the three arteries by-passed in 1980, have re-occluded...which means I will require further by-pass, probably next month sometimes. I sincerely thank everyone for their special thoughts and prayers on my behalf!

2. With the exception of the following (whose balance of deposit have still NOT been received as of today's date), ALL CD's have been shipped- out. (List of those awaiting final payment from: Abar, G.; Blaquiere, Y.; Bodemuller, M.F.; Comeau, R.L.; Girard, L.; Grenier, G.; Hansen, J.; Massicotte, Y.; Miller, D.; O'Connell, J.; O'Neil, R.; Savary, J.; and Smith, C.;). Some have already confirmed your cheque is in the mail!

 

 

Subject: "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" Genealogy CD-ROM; Reference: Acadian CD Update #27; A NON-PROFIT PROJECT completed by YVON L. CYR;

Dear Cajun-Cousins:

Well folks, TOGETHER WE DID IT! As I'm certain you're well aware, the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" Genealogy CD-ROM has been very well received and, interestingly enough, while the initial "response" was somewhat disappointing (to me), there appears to now be considerable interest. As a matter of fact I was requested to do a few "on air" interviews (two french; one english) with CBC Radio of Moncton, New Brunswick, last week!

I should also report there was ONE attempt to "PIRATE" the CD data however, that was very quickly "nipped-in-the-bud" thanks to the one of you who reported the matter to me. The "proposed" ftp site has now been closed down! It would probably be appropriate at this time, to remind everyone that the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD has Worldwide Copyrights and that anyone contemplating its illegal use will be pursued and severely prosecuted! The best "piece of friendly advice" I can give those considering this, is to have your Legal Counsel (as I did) VERY THOROUGHLY review both the written copy of Copyrights provided with the CD, as well as the appropriate warning text files within he CD!

The arrangement made for the manufacturer to provide me copies of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD on "consignment" is really working out well and because of it, I anticipate having copies of the CD available AT THE ORIGINAL/INITIAL price, for quite some time. Of course, that's assuming the interest continues, as it has to date.

John Smith, Author of the "Search/Seek" Software, has been very helpful to those who've directed "questions" to him...and I again thank him for his on-going support.

Final payments have still NOT been received from the following persons, so consequently their copy of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots", has NOT been shipped-out. Abar, G.; Blaquiere, Y.; Comeau, R.L.; Grenier, G.; Massicotte, Y.; Miller, D.J.; O'Connell, J.; O'Neil, R. and Savary, J. Please forward the balance owing at your earliest opportunity...thank you for your cooperation!

And finally, I've now received the "official report" on my February 14th heart catherization/angiogram, which indicates that two of the three grafts of 1980, have completely re-occluded and the 3rd is 50% re-occluded. I meet with the Surgeon on March 28th, to presumably set the date for further bypass surgery. So yes, I still need your prayers!!! I'm thinking of asking him to put a "zipper" in place, but am afraid it might rust! Keep in mind however, that it may be at least one month before I can get back on-line, once the operation is performed...and I may not get much advance warning as to that date.

HOWEVER, I am pleased to point-out, that my wife Judy knows exactly what to do in the event she receives orders for the CD, while I'm "laid-up". But I assure you I have every intention of getting back on my feet quickly and plunging right back into our very interesting/challenging genealogy hobby!

Uuuummmm, ONE MILLION names! Now THAT sure has a nice "ring" to it!

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, YVON

Copies of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" Genealogy CD-ROM or additional information, available from: YVON L. CYR, Author/Producer, 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 311, GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, N1G 4W4 Internet: [email protected]

The "all-inclusive" COST PRICE of this CD containing over 1/2 million names and pedigrees, over 200 genealogy-related Shareware/Freeware Files and Utilities, hundreds upon hundreds of reference text files, as well as built-in "search/seek" software allowing you to compare your OWN gedcom against the CD's complete database (and obtaining a "probable match" report, is available for $49 USA Funds, or $69. Canadian Funds. Orders made using Postal Money Orders, are shipped same-day.

 

 

 

Subj: Acadian/French Canadian CD-ROM Update #28; Date: Sat, 04-08-95

Attention All Acadian/French Canadian Genealogy Societies et al

Hello All you Cajun Cousins:

I have received about 4-5 letter's from Acadian and/or French Canadian Societies...and I apologize not having answered, requesting... a) a free "library copy" of the "In Search Of Our Acadian Roots" CD-ROM. b) that I ship a copy of the CD and a cheque will subsequently be sent to me by the Association.

I suppose I need to remind everyone, that since this continues to be a NON-PROFIT PROJECT, I am not in a position to subsidize the many many Genealogy Societies which exist. On the other hand, YES I'd like to see as wide a distribution for what I consider will become, a Historical Acadian/French Canadian Genealogy CD-ROM.

In consideration of the afore mentioned, I would propose the following: 1. If you would like a copy of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD for your Library, merely send me a Postal Money Order (or your Association cheque), in the amount of $49. USA funds ($69. Canadian funds) and a copy of the CD will be shipped-out to you same day the order is received.

2. In the event a minimum of FIVE of your members would each like to source a copy at the above noted all-inclusive COST PRICE (note: these must be members who have NOT previously sourced a copy of the CD). I am prepared to DONATE A FREE COPY of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" CD, to your Association. Merely send me a Postal Money Order (or your Association cheque for $245. USA funds (or $345. Canadian funds), together with the participating Association members' home address. The CD's will be forwarded prepaid, directly to each member and the "FREE" copy sent to the Association Executive you designate.

One final thing. In the event your Association sponsors an annual competition for the "Best Genealogy Project", I would appreciate your consideration of the "In Search of Our Acadian Roots" for an appropriate award.

Votre P'tit Cajun-Cousin, YVON

PS: For the many who have asked (and I thank you for that), my heart by-pass...a double only, this time...has now been scheduled for June 26, 1995. This will give me the opportunity to have an eye cataract removes on April 25th...yeah, yeah I know; I'm "falling apart" ) and attend my youngest son's wedding on May 27th.

 
 

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