Historical Demography Longitudinal Data SeriesThe datasets in this series are products of an NICHD-funded project to archive, preserve, and disseminate historically and demographically significant data about the United States. Most of these studies consist of longitudinal data describing life histories, and some cover multiple generations. Recent developments in population-related sciences, such as the bio-demography of aging and the evolutionary biology of reproduction, have renewed interest in data that follow individuals throughout their lives and across generations. Some of these datasets were created in the early days of quantitative historical research, and their contents depend upon the availability and quality of sources. When appropriate, datasets have been transformed into the Intermediate Data Structure (IDS), an emerging standard for longitudinal historical demographic data which facilitates event history analysis and international comparisons.
Data in the Series
- European-origin and Mexican-origin Populations in Texas, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910
- A Place In Time: Colonial Middlesex County, VA, 1650-1750
- Families of Newtown, New York, 1642-1790
- Hingham, Massachusetts Family Reconstructions, 1635-1880
- Four Generations: Population, Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts, 1630-1750
Most Recent Publications
Alter, George, Mandemakers, Kees, Gutmann, Myron P. Defining and distributing longitudinal historical data in a general way through an intermediate structure. Historical Social Research. 34, (3), 78-114.
Gutmann, Myron P. Older lives on the frontier: The residential patterns of the older population of Texas, 1850-1910. Aging in the Past: Demography, Society, and Old Age. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Gutmann, Myron P., Fliess, Kenneth H. The determinants of early fertility decline in Texas. Demography. 30, (3), 443-457.
Gutmann, Myron P., Fliess, Kenneth H. How to Study Southern Demography in the Nineteenth Century: Early Lessons of the Texas Demography Project. Texas Population Research Center Papers, Series 11, No. 11. Austin, TX: University of Texas, Population Research Center.
Smith, D.S. . 'All in some degree related to each other': A demographic and comparative resolution of the anomaly of kinship. American Historical Review. 94, (1), 44-79.
Smith, Daniel Scott . 'All in some degree related to each other': A demographic and comparative resolution of the anomaly of New England kinship. American Historical Review. 94, (1), 44-79.
Smith, Daniel Scott . Child-naming practices, kinship ties, and change in family attitudes in Hingham, Massachusetts, 1641 to 1880. Journal of Social History. 18, (4), 541-566.
Rutman, Darrett, Rutman, Anita . A Place In Time: Colonial Middlesex County, VA, 1650-1750. New York, NY: Norton.
Kross, J. The Evolution of an American Town: Newtown, New York, 1642-1775. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.