Historical Demography Longitudinal Data Series

The 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.

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Most Recent Publications

2009
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.
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1995
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.
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1993
Gutmann, Myron P.,  Fliess, Kenneth H. The determinants of early fertility decline in Texas. Demography. 30, (3), 443-457.
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1989
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.
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1989
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.
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1985
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.
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1984
Rutman, D.B.,  Rutman, A.H. . A Place in Time: Explicatus. New York: Norton.
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1984
Rutman, Darrett,  Rutman, Anita . A Place In Time: Colonial Middlesex County, VA, 1650-1750. New York, NY: Norton.
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1983
Kross, J. The Evolution of an American Town: Newtown, New York, 1642-1775. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
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