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The Copenhagen Historical Population Database
The HISDI-MAD database

The Copenhagen Historical Population Database






For Copenhagen, the project will create the Copenhagen Historical Population Database (1880-1885), taking advantage of the wealth of available sources, either digitized, in scanned format or widely available from the Danish States Archives in Copenhagen. Particularly, the dataset will compile and link census data (1880 and1885), deaths, births, and migration records (see the figure below).

Individuals appearing in the 1880 census will be searched in the next census (1885), death and migration records between 1880 and 1885. As children tend to be under-recorded in censuses, in order to also study infant child mortality, we will make sure that we have all the births who occurred in 1880 and we will link them to their parents information in 1880.

Later, we will also look for them in the 1885 census, the death and migration records. This will allow the creation of a window of observation of individuals in the city for five years, where we will be able to able to assess whether each individual living in the city survived to the next census, died or migrate within this period of time.

Read more at the Copenhagen Historical Popolation Database website.

The HISDI-MAD database


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For Madrid, this project will make use of the HISDI-MAD (Historical Spatial Data Infraestructure-Madrid database), currently being built by the group headed by Diego Ramiro-Fariñas at the Department of Population at the Institute of Economic, Geography and Demography, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) funded by several Spanish research grants (CSO-2011-29970, CSO-2008-06130/SOCI and SEJ2005-06334).



HISDI-MAD is a Spatial Data Infraestructure for the city of Madrid using the cartography of 1902 to which demographic data, the full information of the 1905 census and vital statistics around that period the individual level in a GIS environment for the city of Madrid around 1900 (see figure).

The census information was obtained from the records kept at the Madrid City Archive and it includes sex, age, position in the household, migration status, wages, occupation, etc.

Birth information for 1905 and 1906 are drawn from the Civil Registry records of the City and its records include the address where the birth occurred; date of birth, sex and name of the new-born; name and two surnames, and age and place of birth of both father and mother.

Death information is drawn also obtained from Civil Registry records and it includes date of death and of registration of the death; cause of death; place of death and district; and the individual’s personal details: name and two surnames, age, sex, occupation, marital status and place of birth.

Additionally, another database developed by the team at CSIC, the records of the Foundling Hospital of Madrid, where infants were born and abandoned, will be linked to that database. At this time, the digitation of the vital statistics is complete for 1905-1907 and the census is close to completion. Linkage is ongoing.Til toppen