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Inheritance Patterns in the United States, 1685-1980 (ICPSR 9443)
Principal Investigator(s): Shammas, Carole
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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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
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09443.v1
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
Date of Collection:
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.
Probate records (wills, administrations, and inventories) for Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles County, California
Original ICPSR Release: 1990-12-04
- 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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