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Historical Microdata around the World

The North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP)
There are five countries in the world that possess completely digitized individual-level censuses for the late nineteenth century: Canada, Great Britain, Iceland, Norway, and the United States. At the end of the nineteenth century, these five nations were closely connected by economic ties and migration flows. All were undergoing rapid social, economic and demographic transitions. The recent availability of an extraordinary volume of individual-level census data in all five countries creates unprecedented opportunities for international collaborative and comparative research. This proposal seeks funding to develop a web-based collaboration that will maximize the usefulness of these data for understanding the North Atlantic world as it entered the industrial age.
The International Microdata Access Group (IMAG) was formed to foster the international collaboration of researchers who work with historical and contemporary microdata in order to facilitate transnational comparative research. - The mission of IMAG is to preserve original population data, microdata, and their supporting documentation, and to improve access to these data in accordance with national confidentiality standards.
The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series includes 23 high-precision individual-level samples of United States censuses from 1850 to 1990. Data sets and documentation can be downloaded from The Minnesota Historical Census Projects, Department of History, University of Minnesota, USA
Institut interuniversitaire de recherches sur les populations is a joint venture involving seven universities in Quebec, Canada. The database BALSAC mainly contains parish records for the Quebec Province from 1838 up to 1971.
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The Canadian Families Project
The Canadian Families Project is an interdisciplinary research project based at the University of Victoria. The project team is studying families in Canada, and is completing a national sample of the 1901 Census of Canada.
Canadian Century Research Infrastructure
The CCRI is a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centered on data from the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941 and 1951 Canadian censuses. The result will be a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural, and political change.
The Norwegian Historical Data Centre
at the University of Tromsø computerizes historical microdata such as censuses and ministerial records from selected municipalities. Full text and encoded versions are available in a number of formats for research and teaching.
The Digital Archive
The Digital Archive is the result of co-operation between the Dept. of History, University of Bergen, and the Regional State Archives of Bergen, part of the National State Archives.
The Demographic Data Base
As a national research resource the Demographic Data Base activities are centred on two main areas: data production and research. Data production includes input, filing and systematizing information. The Demographic Data Base is responsible for ensuring that historical data from parish registers and parish statistics are easily available for researchers from both Sweden and abroad. DDB:s research activities include method development, service for researchers, provision of guest research posts, seminars, conferences etc. The Ume unit bears the main responsibility for research service. A certain amount of service is carried out by the Haparanda unit, mainly the provision of source files. The Jrn unit is responsible for all genealogical service, e.g. genealogical research, that is requested by researches or members of the public.
Stockholms Historiska Databas
is part of the City Archive. It transcribes a similar type of longitudinal records created by the city registrars for the Swedish capital during the period 1878 to 1926.
Med hjälp av moderna media gör Stadsarkivet arkivmaterial tillgängligt för forskning. Modern teknik öppnar arkiven för nya anvndare. Avdelningen Stockholms Historiska Databas arbetar med att verfra information från pappershandlingar till digitala medier. Ett särskilt folkbokfringssystem gällande för Stockholm 1878-1926 ligger till grund för Rotemannen.
The Research Archive (Forskningsarkivet)
This is another part of Ume University holding various types of archival resources. Most notably significant parts of the 1890 census for Sweden are searchable through a web interface. There is currently only a Swedish version of these pages.
The Danish Demographic Database
The Danish Demographic Database is the cooperative efforts of the Danish Data Archive, the Danish Emigration Archives and the Centre of Microfilming of the Danish State Arhives and the project is subsidized by Kulturnet Danmark. The purpose of the database is to make it possible to search directly in censuses and the Danish emigrant database. It is also possible to see the original sources as they are made into images you can click on as soon as you have the desired data. The census database does now cover the period 1787-1911 but they are not complete as only a few of the original sources have been computerized. The emigration database covers the period 1868-1900.
Historical Sample of the Netherlands
The Historical Sample of the Netherlands offers a representative sample of about 80.000 people born in the Netherlands during the period 1812-1922. It is a unique tool for research in Dutch history and demography.

Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC)
The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Troms N-9037 Troms, NORWAY
Updated: Mars 21th 2006