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Inheritance Patterns in the United States, 1685-1980

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • Shammas, Carole
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-12-04
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Language
English
Free Keywords
eighteenth century; estate planning; financial assets; historical data; inheritance; legacies; nineteenth century; seventeenth century; twentieth century; wills
Description
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1685-1756
    • DS2: Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1791-1801
    • DS3: Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1891-1893
    • DS4: Wills: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1979
    • DS5: Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1685-1756
    • DS6: Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1791-1801
    • DS7: Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1891-1893
    • DS8: Intestate Administrations: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1979
    • DS9: Wills: Los Angeles County, California, 1898-1900
    • DS10: Wills: Los Angeles County, California, 1980
Temporal Coverage
  • 1685 / 1980
    Time period: 1685--1980
  • 1983 / 1985
    Collection date: 1983--1985
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • 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.

Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 11 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES-8208620). National Endowment for the Humanities (RO-20466-83).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9443 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Pavel, D. Michael, Padilla, Raymond V.. American Indian and Alaska Native postsecondary departure: An example of assessing a mainstream model using national longitudinal data. Journal of American Indian Education.32, (2), 1-23.1993.
  • Shammas, Carole, Salmon, Marylynn, Dahlin, Michel. Inheritance in America: From Colonial Times to the Present. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 1987.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Shammas, Carole (1990): Inheritance Patterns in the United States, 1685-1980. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09443.v1