Measuring Demographic Monthly Fluctuations with Church Records and Census Data

Gunnar Thorvaldsen, UiT - Arctic University of Norway

In the 19th century, vital records such as church registers increasingly became more specific when registering vital events, for instance adding the month or date of birth. In the 20th century, such information was also added to to timing information in some censuses. This provides opportunity to measure to what degree an historical event in a specific month and year influenced short term demographic fluctuations, for instance mortality and fertility rates. The paper will use birthdate information for the whole Norwegian population in the 1950 census retrospectively.

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 Presented in Session 153. Methods and Mortality in Historical Demography