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Inheritance Patterns in the United States, 1685-1980 (ICPSR 9443)

Principal Investigator(s): Shammas, Carole

Summary:

This data collection was designed to study changes in American inheritance patterns over three centuries. Major areas of investigation include equality of treatment among children, legacies to sons versus daughters, estate planning strategies, treatment of spouse in will, women's testamentary power, charitable bequests, bequests to extended kin and non-kin, legacies of chattel, realty, and financial assets, and the naming of executors and guardians.

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1685-1756 - Download All Files (0.847 MB)
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DS2:  Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1791-1801 - Download All Files (0.81 MB)
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DS3:  Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1891-1893 - Download All Files (0.797 MB)
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DS4:  Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1979 - Download All Files (0.814 MB)
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DS5:  Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1685-1756 - Download All Files (0.775 MB)
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DS6:  Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1791-1801 - Download All Files (0.773 MB)
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DS7:  Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1891-1893 - Download All Files (0.778 MB)
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DS8:  Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1979 - Download All Files (0.767 MB)
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DS9:  Wills: Los Angeles County, California, 1898-1900 - Download All Files (0.827 MB)
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DS10:  Wills: Los Angeles County, California, 1980 - Download All Files (0.788 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Shammas, Carole. Inheritance Patterns in the United States, 1685-1980. ICPSR09443-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09443.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES-8208620)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (RO-20466-83)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   eighteenth century, estate planning, financial assets, historical data, inheritance, legacies, nineteenth century, seventeenth century, twentieth century, wills

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1685--1980

Date of Collection:  

  • 1983--1985

Data Types:   event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Marylynn Salmon, University of Maryland, Department of History, and Michel Dahlin, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Department of History, collaborated with Carole Shammas in the preparation of this data collection.

Methodology

Data Source:

Probate records (wills, administrations, and inventories) for Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles County, California

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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