EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

La démographie historique peut-elle tirer profit des données collaboratives des sites de généalogie ?

Arthur Charpentier and Ewen Gallic

Population (french edition), 2020, vol. 75, issue 2, 391-421

Abstract: A growing number of websites offer users the possibility of building family trees. This article analyses the data collection and entry work of these users and how their results may be used in historical demography to further knowledge on past generations. To that end, the results obtained on the Geneanet website are compared with those established in the literature, concerning the entries of 2,457,450 French or French-origin individuals who lived in the 19th century. The comparison shows a considerable bias in the sex ratio, with women underrepresented. Fertility is also substantially underestimated. Regarding mortality, the data (compared with historical values) underestimate the mortality of men up to the age of 40 and that of women up to the age of 25, after which age it overestimates both. Lastly, the wealth of spatial characteristics contained in the family trees is also used to produce new data on internal migration in the 19th century.

Keywords: genealogy; collaborative data; fertility; mortality; migration; historical demography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.cairn.info/load_pdf.php?ID_ARTICLE=POPU_2002_0391 (application/pdf)
http://www.cairn.info/revue-population-2020-2-page-391.htm (text/html)
restricted

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cai:popine:popu_2002_0391

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Population (french edition) from Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED)
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Jean-Baptiste de Vathaire ().

 
Page updated 2021-01-27
Handle: RePEc:cai:popine:popu_2002_0391