Historical Demography of the United States 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.
Most Recent Studies
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.
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.
Kross, J. The Evolution of an American Town: Newtown, New York, 1642-1775. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Smith, Daniel Scott . Underregistration and bias in probate records: An analysis of data from Eighteenth-Century Hingham, Massachusetts. William and Mary Quarterly. 32, (1), 100-110.
Ehrlich, J.K. . A Town Study in Colonial New York: Newtown, Queens County (1642-1790). Dissertation, University of Michigan.
Smith, Daniel Scott . Family limitation, sexual control, and domestic feminism in Victorian America. Feminist Studies. 1, (3/4), 40-57.
Smith, Daniel Scott . Parental power and marriage patterns: An analysis of historical trends in Hingham, Massachusetts. Journal of Marriage and Family. 35, (3), 419-428.
Smith, Daniel Scott . Population, Family and Society in Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635-1880. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.