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Reconstructing Lifespans Through Historical Marriage Records of Barcelona from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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

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.

Keywords

Markov Chain Monte Carlo Seventeenth Century Potential Parent Multiple Candidate Multiple Link 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is part of the Advanced Grant Project Five Centuries of Marriages (2011–2016) funded by the European Research Council (ERC 2010-AdG-20100407). The authors would like to express their gratitude to its principal investigator, Anna Cabré, for her support and guidance. We would also like to thank all of the members of the project, especially Miquel Amengual, Joan Mas, and Conchi Villar. Special mention goes to Sofia Aldabet, Fernando Colchero, Miriam Hils, Trifon Missov, and James Vaupel.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Villavicencio
    • 1
  • Joan Pau Jordà
    • 2
  • Joana M. Pujadas-Mora
    • 2
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Demographic ResearchRostockGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Demographic StudiesAutonomous University of BarcelonaBellaterraSpain

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