Reconstructing lifespans through historical marriage records of barcelona from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Francisco Villavicencio, Joan Pau Jordà, Joana M. Pujadas-Mora

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Abstract

This chapter presents a methodology for reconstructing the lifespan of individuals through a nominal record linkage procedure using historical marriage records of Barcelona from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The data are extracted from the Barcelona Historical Marriage Database (BHMD), a unique source that contains information about more than 600,000 marriages celebrated in both urban and rural parishes of the Barcelona area from over 450 years (1451-1905). We discuss the main characteristics of the database, the standardisation of the nominal information, the marriage linkage procedure and the reconstruction of the lifespans. Finally, we briefly introduce an application of Bayesian models to study adult mortality on the basis of the reconstructed lifespans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPopulation Reconstruction
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages199-216
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319198842
ISBN (Print)9783319198835
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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