AUSTRALIAN FAMILY TREE CONNECTIONS
March 2000, pp. 21 & 23.
The Perth DPS has commenced a very interesting - and helpful - indexing project
especially for anyone whose research starts in or leads them to WA.
AFTC heartily congratulates everyone involved in the indexing project and applauds
them for their "can do" attitude. If you have a relevant book that you would like to see
included in the index, please contact the Perth DPS as soon as possible.
In fact, have you thought about joining a Dead
Persons Society? The benefits are numerous - demonstrations of new programs, help with
hardware and software, access to 'how to' research advice being just a few . . .
Perth Dead Persons' Society is Alive & Well
. . . and indexing books.
The fast growing membership of the Perth Dead Persons' Society (DPS) has begun broadening
its computer and on-line focus with a long term book-indexing project.
Perth DPS was originally formed by a group of Western Australian family researchers who
communicated on the FidoNet Bulletin Board service known as the Dark Closet, which
unfortunately had to close down in late January 1998. Murdoch University's Teaching and
Learning Centre came to the rescue and offered to host a Web Site and a Mailing List (DPS-Chat).
One of the aims of the Society is to promote the production and distribution of genealogical
indexes and other research tools.
DPS members readily admit that their family history and genealogical research has been
boosted enormously with access to the Internet. But despite the fast-find solutions offered
on-line, there is a wealth of biographical and historical information to be found in books, and
much of it is untapped because of the lack of indexes and bibliographies. The book-indexing
project is a combined effort of DPS members aimed at filling some of the void.
The Society is limiting the project to WA biographies and histories of interest to
genealogists and family historians. A list of titles is being compiled, including details of
the author and publisher, a brief abstract and an indication of whether or not an index is
included. Contributions from non-members are welcome. Guidelines are available for those who
participate in the project to assist with uniformity. Some indexes have already been completed
and can be viewed on the DPS Web Site. Eventually it is hoped that a master index can be created
and made available on-line.
The project has attracted the interest and enthusiastic support of local publisher and
historian Peter Bridge of Hesperian Press, who has helped by supplying copies of books for
indexing purposes. While still in the early stages of development, the project promises to
culminate in a unique and valuable resource for researchers with Western Australian interests.
The on-line resources available on the Perth DPS Web Site are
being constantly added to and also include:
- An excellent guide to Convict Research
- Shipping pages with links to passenger lists, many of which have been transcribed by DPS
- A Pioneers index which lists details of the earliest arrivals and births in WA and
other States of Australia of the families DPS Members are researching.
- Historic Australian Cemeteries, the handiwork of DPS Webmaster Rob Nelson, a guide to
conservation and research, and including a burial register for the East Perth Cemetery.
- Military pages with details of the departure of troops to the Boer War.
Christine Uphill - Perth DPS Book Indexing Co-ordinator
Rob Nelson - Perth DPS Webmaster & dps-chat mail-list Moderator