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The Sydney

Dead Persons Society  


Meetings Details

The new venue is Lober House. If you would like a map please request it from the convener via the link at the bottom of the page.

DPS meetings are held on the second Saturday of each even-numbered month at Lober House, part of the Anglican Retirement Village on the corner of Old Northern and Castle Hill Roads, Castle Hill. These meetings run from 1.30pm to 4.00pm and there is no charge.

The format of meetings is usually along the lines of a news session, then a presentation on a particular topic, followed by a chat over a cup of tea. After tea we generally have an open questions and answers session in which all participate.

The schedule for the 2016 meetings is:



February 13th, 2016

City of Sydney Archives

The Archives hold a treasury of genealogical and other information that can enhance your research. The session will explore their on-line material and links to other sites.

April 9th, 2016

Chinese Australia Genealogy

Kerry Choy will give us some Hints, Tips and Examples

June11th, 2016

Wills, and where to locate them

A Will can be very useful to add more to your family history – but where can they be located and what information might they contain? The talk will cover areas in the UK, Australia and New Zealand to help unravel some of those mysteries.

August 13th, 2016

Lacemakers  - Nottingham (UK) to Calais (France) to Australia

A talk by Pauline

October 8th, 2016

Riches to Rags

A look at the downside of primogeniture in one family

December 10th, 2016

Christmas meeting

There will be a short, light-heart and hopefully entertaining talk.

After that we will have our Christmas tea which is as usual bring a plate.



The Sydney DPS Mailing List

The DPS operates a mailing list using the ROOTSWEB umbrella. It enables many more people to participate in DPS discussions than just those who live locally and are able to attend meetings.

To subscribe, send a message to with the word "subscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the body of the email with no additional text.

To post a message to the DPS mailing list: Click Here. (Note: Rootsweb requires you to be a subscriber to post to any of their lists, including this one.)  

Objectives of the DPS

The aims of the Sydney Dead Persons Society include the following admirable objectives:-

  • to be a support group for those who use computers and the Internet in their genealogical research;
  • to provide a forum for users of the internet to meet and learn from others;

The Dead Persons Society in Sydney is an informal self-help group of amateur family historians and genealogists who use (or are thinking of using) the Internet.

The general consensus seems to be that the Sydney Dead Persons Society's main objective should be "to give support in the Sydney and nearby areas, to genealogists using computers and especially those wanting to access electronically readable data via the Internet.."

The feeling is that the Sydney DPS should remain loose and informal, with no membership fees, council, board or bureaucracy. This is after all, supposed to be fun !

In addition, the following members have established their own home pages on the web (generally, but not exclusively, genealogically-related), and you are encouraged to visit them.


Some Useful Links


Some Useful Downloads

The following documents are available for download:


GEDCOM - what is it, and how to use it

Download WORD document

Sources - the how and why of recording them

Download POWERPOINT slides (0.57Mb)

Comparison of the freebies - Legacy & PAF

Download zipped POWERPOINT slides (2.8Mb)

Thank you for visiting these pages ... We hope you have enjoyed your trip.

To post a message to the DPS mailing list, refer to the DPS Mailing List section above. Remember, you must subscribe first.

To contact the DPS convener: Click Here.

This page is maintained by the Sydney DPS convener.