Data Resources for Biodemographic Studies
on Familial Clustering of Human Longevity

Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D.
Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D.

Date Received: 27 July 1999
Date Published: 2 September 1999

Abstract:
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.

Authors' affiliation:
Natalia S. 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:
Abstract
1 Introduction
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
8 Acknowledgments
References

Keywords: longevity, biodemography of human longevity, computerized databases, genealogical longevity data, genealogies, human longevity, centenarians
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Data Resources for Biodemographic Studies on Familial Clustering of Human Longevity
Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D.
Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D.
1999 - 2000 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ISSN 1435-9871
http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol1/4