The Sydney

Dead Persons Society  


Meetings Details

Note the new venue – Hermon Slade House. If you would like a map request it from the convenor via the link at the bottom of the page.

DPS meetings are held on the second Saturday of each even-numbered month at Hermon Slade House, part of the Anglican Retirement Village on the corner of Old Northern and Castle Hill Roads, Castle Hill. These meetings run from 1.00pm 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 2015 meetings is:



February 14th, 2015

LMA records on Ancestry

Pauline will talk about various records from the London Metropolitan Archives that are on Ancestry.

April 11th, 2015

June13th, 2015

August 8th, 2015

October 10th, 2015

December 12th, 2015

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 [email protected] 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;
  • to demonstrate in "hands on" mode how modern technology can assist in family history research and documentation;
  • to assist members to harness the features of computers, hardware and software for the purposes of genealogical pursuit; and
  • fun and friendship.

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. We are always interested in knowing what far away place you are calling from, and in receiving any suggestions, additions, deletions or amendments to improve what is presented here.

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 convenor: Click Here.

This page is maintained by the Sydney DPS convener.