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Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data, event/transaction data
  • Oris, Michel (University of Geneva)
  • Alter, George (University of Michigan)
  • Neven, Muriel (University of Liège)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Free Keywords
household composition; households; life events; lifestyles; municipalities; population migration
  • Abstract

    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.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1811 / 1900
    Time period: 1811--1900
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium
  • Global
  • Sart
Sampled Universe
All persons who lived in the commune of Sart, Belgium, between 1811 and 1900. Smallest Geographic Unit: commune
Collection Mode
  • The data were produced in 1997 in Liège, Belgium, and in Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University).

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

    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.

Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (P01AG018314).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 32461 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR32461.v1
  • Oris, Michel, Alter, George, Servais, Paul. Prudence as obstinate resistance to pressure: Marriage in nineenth-century rural Eastern Belgium, 1700-1900. Similarity in Difference: Marriage in Europe and Asia.Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2014.
  • Kippen, Rebecca, Walters, Sarah. Is sibling rivalry fatal?: Siblings and mortality clustering. Journal of Interdisciplinary History.42, (4), 571-591.2012.
    • ID: 10.1162/JINH_a_00305 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Oris, Michel; Alter, George; Neven, Muriel (2011): Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.