Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900 (ICPSR 32461)

Published: Sep 30, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
Michel Oris, University of Geneva; George Alter, University of Michigan; Muriel Neven, University of Liège


Version V1

The population registers of Sart are part of the Historical Database of the Liège Region (HDLR), which was collected with funding from the University of Liège and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). HDLR is a collection of data describing the characteristics and vital events of individuals from a sample of municipalities in Eastern Belgium spanning the period from 1806 through 1900. It consists of nineteenth century and early twentieth century microdata, which means that it provides information on individuals and the households they belonged to. Because the focus of the National Institute on Aging funded project was on the dynamic of life course transitions, particular attention was given to sources with a longitudinal dimension, showing not a static cross-section but a span of time. The Belgian population registers are exceptionally good sources for longitudinal analysis. Since these registers record dates of in- and out-migration, we are able to reconstruct the population at risk at every point in time. In addition, population registers give us information about household composition as it changed over time. Since migration is recorded in the population registers, a much wider range of analyses are possible. They allow us to reconstruct the biographies of everyone living in these municipalities during most of the nineteenth century. We know not only when they were born, married, and died, but also the lives of their parents, siblings, and children. In other words, it is possible to trace the individuals through time.

Oris, Michel, Alter, George, and Neven, Muriel. Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-09-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR32461.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (P01AG018314)


1811 -- 1900

The data are distributed as a Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access data file. A Microsoft Word document contains data file notes.

The data were produced in 1997 in Liège, Belgium, and in Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University).

These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.


All persons who lived in the commune of Sart, Belgium, between 1811 and 1900.

household; individual

census/enumeration data

event/transaction data




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