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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 2017 meetings is:



February 11th, 2017

To be or not be... online with your genealogy.


  • Some thoughts on why or why not to have your genealogical research online.
  • If you do decide to go online, how do you choose which service to use? (Hint: know your own requirements!)
  • Case study illustration: Webtrees

A talk by Kerry Choy

April 8th, 2017

Ryerson Index and Australian Cemeteries Index

Bob Atkins will talk about these indexes

June10th, 2017


August 12th, 2017

October 14th, 2017


December 9th, 2017




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.