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Strategy and history of GDS

  The history of GDS from its beginning
Dear reader. I have decided to dedicate this chapter to show a log of the history of GDS from its beginning in 1988 and, in particular with the first commercial version in 1993.

The initial steps of GDS were done as a simple MS-DOS program but having already the basis of the data structure that has prevailed with some important changes up to today.

The intention is that you get an idea of the continuous improvements made thanks to the comments of hundreds of users that have helped to create more and more functions with their comments, criticisms and corrections.

Since there is a great variety of users from young affectionate to old (and very old) retirees and from non professionals to doctorates in history and social sciences, the historical developments as well as the sophistication of certain functions are, to their majority opinion, the only ones existing in any program of Genealogy Worldwide (See for example the complexity and flexibility of the expression of dates, the analysis of the surnames, the treatment of the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, the family relation between people, the equivalences in names and places and the analysis and integration of duplicated Individuals, just to name some of them).

Also, a great step forward was the development of the Photo and Document Album that is a sophisticated application by itself, that justifies the name of GDS as the General Family Documentation System. Its unique characteristics put together the network of Individuals with the network of Documents and Photos in such a way that GDS pretends to be THE repository for the complete digital memory of the family or the professional Databases of complete communities.

Little attention I have taken to include fancy visual tools in favor of functionality. So I do not pretend to compete with the large number of programs that have a much better first look than GDS. Should you are interested in knowing the date in which a particular function have been first introduced, please contact us and we will respond to you immediately.

Chronological log of Versions/Revisions of GDS up to Revision 8.0.19:



Version 8.0.19 (October 17th 2019)
Version 8.0.18 (July 5th 2019)
Version 8.0.17 (June 28th 2019)
Version 8.0.16 (May 3rd 2019)
Version 8.0.15 (September 7th 2018)
Version 8.0.14 (August 31st 2018)
Version 8.0.13 (July 24th 2018)
Version 8.0.12 (July 17th 2018)
Version 8.0.11 (July 3rd 2018)
Version 8.0.10 (April 12th 2018)
Version 8.0.09 (February 19nd, 2018)
Version 8.0.08 (January 22nd, 2018)
Version 8.0.07 (January 7th, 2018)
Version 8.0.06 (December 27th, 2017)
Version 8.0.05 (December 16th, 2017)
Version 8.0.04 (November 4th, 2017)
Version 8.0.03 (October 24th, 2017)
Version 8.0.02 (October 9th, 2017)
Version 8.0.01 (October 5th, 2017)
Version 8.0.00 (September 28th, 2017)
Version 7.0.35 (May 25th, 2017)
Version 7.0.34 (December 21st, 2016)
Version 7.0.33 (October 20th, 2016)
Version 7.0.32 (June 12th, 2016)
Version 7.0.31 (April 3rd, 2016)
Version 7.0.30 (February 18th, 2016)
Version 7.0.29 (February 1st, 2016)
Version 7.0.28 (October 3rd, 2015)
Version 7.0.27 (September 9th, 2015)
Version 7.0.26 (August 1st, 2015)
Version 7.0.25 (February 6th, 2015)
Version 7.0.24 (October 13th, 2014)
Version 7.0.23 (July 17th, 2014)
Version 7.0.22 (March 13th, 2014)
Version 7.0.21 (March 12th, 2014)
Version 7.0.20 (February 23rd, 2014)
Version 7.0.19 (February 8th, 2014)
Version 7.0.18 (January 15th, 2014)
Version 7.0.17 (January 6th, 2014)
Version 7.0.16 (October 18th, 2013)
Version 7.0.15 (October 3rd, 2013)
Version 7.0.14 (September 19th, 2013)
Version 7.0.13 (August 1st, 2013)
Version 7.0.12 (June 29th, 2013)
Version 7.0.11 (May 22nd, 2013)
Version 7.0.10 (April 26th, 2013)
Version 7.0.09 (April 4th, 2013)
Version 7.0.08 (April 1st, 2013)
Version 7.0.07 (March 24th, 2013)
Version 7.0.06 (March 17th, 2013)
Version 7.0.05 (February 27th, 2013)
Version 7.0.04 (December 28th, 2012)
Version 7.0.03 (November 22nd, 2012)
Version 7.0.02 (October 14th, 2012)
Version 7.0.01 (October 10th, 2012)
Version 7.0.00 (September 1st, 2012)
Version 6.0.43 (December 28th, 2011)
Version 6.0.42 (October 26th, 2011)
Version 6.0.41 (October 18th, 2011)
Version 6.0.40 (September 13th, 2011)
Version 6.0.39 (September 8th, 2011)
Version 6.0.38 (August 24th, 2011)
Version 6.0.37 (July 10th, 2011)
Version 6.0.36 (June 20th, 2011)
Version 6.0.35 (May 20th, 2011)
Version 6.0.34 (April 30th, 2011)
Version 6.0.33 (March 24th, 2011)
Version 6.0.32 (January 9th, 2011)
Version 6.0.31 (December 2nd, 2010)
Version 6.0.30 (November 23rd, 2010)
Version 6.0.29 (November 22nd, 2010)
Version 6.0.28 (November 17th, 2010)
Version 6.0.27 (October 29th, 2010)
Version 6.0.26 (October 25th, 2010)
Version 6.0.25 (October 14th, 2010)
Version 6.0.24 (October 13th, 2010)
Version 6.0.23 (October 12th, 2010)
Version 6.0.22 (September 16th, 2010)
Version 6.0.21 (May 29th, 2010)
Version 6.0.20 (April 28th, 2010)
Version 6.0.19 (April 8th, 2010)
Version 6.0.18 (February 18th, 2010)
Version 6.0.17 (November 11th, 2009)
Version 6.0.16 (October 16th, 2009)
Version 6.0.15 (October 15th, 2009)
Version 6.0.14 (February 15th, 2009)
Version 6.0.13 (July 17th, 2009)
Version 6.0.12 (July 7th, 2009)
Version 6.0.11 (June 21st, 2009)
Version 6.0.10 (April 30th, 2009)
Version 6.0.09 (April 15th, 2009)
Version 6.0.08 (March 30th, 2009)
Version 6.0.07 (February 28th, 2009)
Version 6.0.06 (February 7th, 2009)
Version 6.0.05 (December 24th, 2008)
Version 6.0.04 (December 4th, 2008)
Version 6.0.03 (November 21st, 2008)
Version 6.0.02 (November 15th, 2008)
Version 6.0.01 (November 10th, 2008)
Version 6.0.00 (November 7th, 2008)

Version 5.0.49 (May 19th, 2008)
Version 5.0.48 (March 28th, 2008)
Version 5.0.47 (January 28th, 2008)
Version 5.0.46 (January 13th, 2008)
Version 5.0.45 (November 20th, 2007)
Version 5.0.44 (September 20th, 2007)
Version 5.0.43 (September 1st, 2007)
Version 5.0.42 (August 15th, 2007)
Version 5.0.41 (July 22nd, 2007)
Version 5.0.40 (July 16th, 2007)
Version 5.0.39 (July 6th, 2007)
Version 5.0.38 (July 4th, 2007)
Version 5.0.37 (June 4th, 2007)
Version 5.0.36 (April 24th, 2007)
Version 5.0.35 (April 10th, 2007)
Version 5.0.34 (March 15th, 2007)
Version 5.0.33 (February 23rd, 2007)
Version 5.0.32 (January 21st, 2007)
Version 5.0.31 (December 13th, 2006)
Version 5.0.30 (November 2nd, 2006)
Version 5.0.29 (October 29th, 2006)
Version 5.0.28 (October 27th, 2006)
Version 5.0.27 (October 7th, 2006)
Version 5.0.26 (September 22nd, 2006)
Version 5.0.25 (March 11th, 2006)
Version 5.0.24 (February 24th, 2006)
Version 5.0.23 (February 5th, 2006)
Version 5.0.22 (January 25th, 2006)
Version 5.0.21 (January 6th, 2006)
Version 5.0.20 (January 1st, 2006)
Version 5.0.19 (November 6th, 2005)
Version 5.0.18 (October 18th, 2005)
Version 5.0.17 (August 5th, 2005)
Version 5.0.16 (April 10th, 2005)
Version 5.0.15 (March 28th, 2005)
Version 5.0.14 (October 17th, 2004)
Version 5.0.13 (October 14th, 2004)
Version 5.0.12 (August 24th, 2004)
Version 5.0.11 (August 14th, 2004)
Version 5.0.10 (July 18th, 2004)
Version 5.0.9 (July 2nd, 2004)
Version 5.0.8 (June 24th, 2004)
Version 5.0.7 (March 28th, 2004)
Version 5.0.6 (May 26th, 2004)
Version 5.0.5 (May 23rd, 2004)
Version 5.0.4 (April 24th, 2004)
Version 5.0.3 (April 22nd, 2004)
Version 5.0.2 (April 20th, 2004)
Version 5.0.1 (April 15th, 2004)
Version 5.0.0 (March 9th, 2004)

Version 4.0.38 (December 2nd, 2003)
Version 4.0.37 (October 21st, 2003)
Version 4.0.36 (October 16th, 2003)
Version 4.0.35 (October 5th, 2003)
Version 4.0.34 (September 10th, 2003)
Version 4.0.33 (February 15th, 2003)
Version 4.0.32 (July 18th, 2003)
Version 4.0.31 (July 9th, 2003)
Version 4.0.30 (May 28th, 2003)
Version 4.0.29 (May 10th, 2003)
Version 4.0.28 (May 3rd, 2003)
Version 4.0.27 (April 21st, 2003)
Version 4.0.26 (April 5th, 2003)
Version 4.0.25 (March 25th, 2003)
Version 4.0.24 (March 14th, 2003)
Version 4.0.23 (January 30th, 2003)
Version 4.0.22 (January 20th, 2003)
Version 4.0.21 (January 12th, 2003)
Version 4.0.20 (January 8th, 2003)
Version 4.0.19 (December 30th, 2002)
Version 4.0.18 (December 20th, 2002)
Version 4.0.17 (December 13th, 2002)
Version 4.0.16 (November 24th, 2002)
Version 4.0.15 (November 8th, 2002)
Version 4.0.14 (October 30th, 2002)
Version 4.0.13 (October 26th, 2002)
Version 4.0.12 (October 18th, 2002)
Version 4.0.11 (September 21st, 2002)
Version 4.0.10 (August 31st, 2002)
Version 4.0.9 (August 19th, 2002)
Version 4.0.8 (August 6th, 2002)
Version 4.0.7 (June 28th, 2002)
Version 4.0.6 (June 15th, 2002)
Version 4.0.5 (June 5th, 2002)
Version 4.0.4 (May 31st, 2002)
Version 4.0.3 (May 11th, 2002)
Version 4.0.2 (May 4th, 2002)
Version 4.0.1 (April 20th, 2002)
Version 4.0.0 (April 13th, 2002)

Version 3.0 was the first version for Windows.
From January 30th, 2000 to April, 2002 up to 93 revisions were published
Version 2.2 (September 23rd, 1995)
Version 2.1 (July 12th, 1994)
From July 12th, 1994 to September, 1995 several revisions of that Version were released without numbering them. They were fulfilled via diskette of 3 ½ inches.
Version 2.0 (January 4th, 1994)
Version 1.0 (December 19th, 1993)- First commercial Version for MS-DOS
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