Date Received: 27
Date Published: 2 September 1999
The main cause that hampered many previous biodemographic studies of human longevity is
the lack of appropriate data. At the same time, many existing data resources (millions of
genealogical records) are under-utilized, because their very existence is not widely
known, let alone the quality and scientific value of these data sets are not yet
validated. The purpose of this work is to review the data resources that could be used in
familial studies of human longevity. This is an extended and supplemented version of the
previous study made by the authors upon the request of the National Institute on Aging
(1998 NIH Professional Service Contract). The review describes: (1) data resources
developed for biodemographic studies, (2) data collected in the projects on historical
demography, (3) data resources for long lived individuals and their families, (4) publicly
available computerized genealogical data resources, (5) published genealogical and family
history data. The review also contains the description of databases developed by the
participants of the Research Workshops "Genes, Genealogies, and Longevity"
organized by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.
Gavrilova, Ph.D. is with the Center on Aging, University of
Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D. is with the Center on
Aging, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Table of Contents:
2 Data resources developed for biodemographic studies
3 Data Bases Created for the Studies in Historical Demography
4 Data resources for long-lived persons and their families
5 Computerized Genealogical Data
6 Published genealogical and family history data
7 Conclusion and Suggestions for Future Work
Keywords: longevity, biodemography of
human longevity, computerized databases, genealogical longevity data, genealogies, human
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