Volume 3 - Article 11

Interactive Record Linkage: The Cumulative Construction of Life Courses

By Eli Fure

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Date received:10 Oct 2000
Date published:12 Dec 2000
Word count:6658
Keywords:history, Norway, record linkage
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.11
 

Abstract

In order to carry out demographic analyses at individual and group levels, a manual method of linking individual event records from parish registers was developed in the late 1950s. In order to save time and to work with larger areas than small parishes, systems for automatic record linkage were developed a couple of decades later.
A third method, an interactive record linkage, named Demolink, has been developed even more recently. The main new feature of the method is the possibility of linking from more than two historical sources simultaneously. This improves the process of sorting out which events belong to which individual life courses. This paper discusses how Demolink was used for record linkage in a large Norwegian parish for the period 1801-1878.

Author's Affiliation

Eli Fure - National Archives of Norway, Norway [Email]

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