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Population ReconstructionBook Population Reconstruction
Population Reconstruction by Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University), Peter Christen (Australian National University), Kees Mandemakers (International Institute of Social History) and Marijn Schraagen (Utrecht University) explores the issues involved in using historical data in population reconstruction research.

Gosia PoplawskaGosia Poplawska
On 12 October 2015 Gosia Poplawska defended her PhD thesis entitled 'Essays on insurance and health economics' at VU University Amsterdam.

Annual Report 2014Annual Report 2014
The HSN Annual Report 2014 is now available (PDF document).

Antonie KniggeAntonie Knigge
On 12 June 2015 Antonie Knigge defended his thesis entitled Sources of Sibling Similarity. Status Attainment in the Netherlands during Modernization at Utrecht University.

Annual Report 2013Annual Report 2013
The HSN Annual Report 2013 is now available (PDF document, text in Dutch only).

Hilde BrasInaugural address Hilde Bras
On 4 December 2014 Hilde Bras gave her inaugural address, entitled 'Inequalities in Food Security and Nutrition: A Life Course Perspective', on Thursday 4 December 2014 at the Sociology of Consumers and Households group at Wageningen University.

Marijn SchraagenMarijn Schraagen
On 11 November 2014 Marijn Schraagen defended his thesis entitled Aspects of Record Linkage at Leiden University.

Labouring Lives. Women, work and the demographic transition in the Netherlands, 1880-1960New book by Angélique Janssens
On Wednesday 22 October 2014 the book launch of Labouring Lives. Women, work and the demographic transition in the Netherlands, 1880-1960 written by Angélique Janssens took place at Radboud University Nijmegen. Speakers were prof. Jane Humphries (Oxford) and prof. Paul Klep (Nijmegen).

Genes, Germs and ResourcesGenes, Germs and Resources project
The HSN has started to build the datasets for the NWO-project Genes, Germs and Resources, researching the role of the family and the disease environment in mortality and longevity in the Netherlands, 1812-2015.

LINKSLINKS Demo Pedigrees Groningen and Drenthe
The LINKS project presented an application to search for persons in the marriage certificates of Groningen and Drenthe from the 19th and early 20th century. The application was made by Marijn Schraagen, Leiden University.

LINKSWorkshop 'Population Reconstruction'
19-21 February 2014, the LINKS project will organise the workshop 'Population Reconstruction'. The workshop will be held at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

Place namesRelease Dataset Dutch Place Names
A release with geographical (latlon) and other coded values of 7,925 Dutch place names is now available.

MOSAICRelease data and census report MOSAIC Netherlands
A report about the availability of census data and about thirty datasets of censuses are now available.

MandenmakerRelease Occupational Titles
Release 2013.01 of the HSN standardized, HISCO-coded and classified occupational titles is now available.

Annual Report 2012Annual Report 2012
The HSN Annual Report 2012 is now available as a PDF document (text in Dutch only).

Ineke MaasIneke Maas
On 6 September 2013, Ineke Maas will hold her inaugural speech at the Sociology Department of VU University Amsterdam. The title of her lecture is 'Ontwikkelingen in sociale openheid en uitsluiting: een blik op het verleden en de toekomst'. More information.

EHPS JournalHistorical Life Course Studies
Launch of Historical Life Course Studies, a new peer-reviewed No-Fee Open Access journal of the European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net), funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

Wiebke Schulz1Wiebke Schulz
On 5 July 2013 Wiebke Schulz defended her thesis entitled Careers of Men and Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries at Utrecht University. More information.

Marco van LeeuwenMarco van Leeuwen
On 7 March 2013, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen held his inaugural speech at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Utrecht University. The title of his lecture was 'Historische sociologie'.

Logo ClariahCLARIAH grant for HSN
HSN has received a grant of € 100,000 seed money from the CLARIAH project. The project will research and demonstrate the possibilities of extending and combining the HSN database with the LINKS database for the province of Zeeland.
More information on HSN LINKS Zeeland (HLZ).

Logo EHPS-netLaunch of portal EHPS-Net
As of 6 December 2012, the portal of the European Historical Population Samples Network is online. The portal can be found at www.ehps-net.eu.

Ineke MaasIneke Maas
Ineke Maas has been appointed by the HSN on the chair 'Long Term Trends in Social Openness and Social Exclusion' at the Sociology Department of VU University Amsterdam.

Annual Report 2011Annual Report 2011
The HSN Annual Report 2011 is now availabe as a PDF document (text in Dutch).

Frans van PoppelProf. dr. Frans van Poppel
On 25 January 2012, Prof. dr. Frans van Poppel, Professor by Special Appointment of Kinship Demography, delivered his inaugural lecture 'De familie Doorsnee tegen het licht. Anderhalve eeuw veranderingen in de Nederlandse familiestructuur' at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University.

EHPS-NetConference European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-net)
On 20 and 21 January 2012, the first conference of the EHPS-net took place. The conference was held at the IISH. Read more about the conference (.pdf).

Hilde BrasHilde Bras
The Young Academy selected Hilde Bras as one of her ten new members. The official installation will take place on 16 March 2012 in the Trippenhuis of the KNAW. More information.

XingChen LinXingChen Lin
On 15 November 2011 XingChen Lin defended her thesis entitled Female Heads of Households in Eurasian Societies. Taipei and Rotterdam in times of industrialization at the Radboud University Nijmegen. More information.

AlfaLabSymposium AlfaLab
On Thursday, 29 September 2011, AlfaLab Live will hold its closing symposium 'The future of Humanities: eHumanities in Practice'. On this occasion Kees Mandemakers will give a demonstration of LifeLab. See the website of AlfaLab for more information.

Annual ReportAnnual Report 2010
The HSN Annual Report 2010 is now availabe as a PDF document (text in Dutch, 932 Kb).

CEDARCEDAR project awarded
CEDAR, a project with the Computational Humanities framework of the KNAW, has been awarded and will work to improve the accessibility of the census data.

Jan KokProf. Dr. Jan Kok
On 29 June 2011, Prof. Dr. Jan Kok delivered his inaugural lecture Levens lezen. Levensloop, demografie en cultuur in historisch perspectief (.pdf) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. As of 1 December 2010, Jan Kok is appointed professor in the Comparative History of the Life Course at the Faculty of Arts.

EHPS-NetProject European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net)
On 14-15 June 2011, the kick-off meeting of the European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net) was held in Strasbourg. Read more about EHPS-Net.

Frans van PoppelFrans van Poppel
As of 1 January 2011, Frans van Poppel has been appointed as special full professor at the Department of Sociology of Utrecht University. More information at ICS website.

Jan KokJan Kok Professor
On 1 December 2010 Jan Kok was appointed professor in the Comparative History of the Life Course at the Faculty of Arts of the Radboud University Nijmegen.
Press release Radboud University Nijmegen

Annual Report 2009Annual Report 2009
The HSN Annual Report 2009 is now available as PDF document (text in Dutch, 881 Kb). Annual Report

Friday, 26 November 2010, the CATCH meeting LINKS: Reconstructing Historical Families wil be held at the IISH. Meer over de Catch Meeting
Photo Johannes Abeling HSN winner of the first DANS Data Award
Kees Mandemakers received the first DANS Data Award from Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 18 June in Amsterdam. More about the Dans Data Award 2010
Thesis Sumedha Gupta
Sumedha Gupta On the 31st of May 2010, Sumedha Gupta defended her thesis entitled The Study of the Impact of Early Life Conditions on Later Life Events. A Look across the Individual's Lifecourse at Free University Amsterdam. She studied the interplay between early-life conditions and endogenous later life events, like marriage and fertility, in influencing adult health and life outcomes using HSN-data from the provinces of Friesland, Utrecht and Zeeland.

NWO grant for Linked Lives
Logo Linked Lives Hilde Bras (VU) en Ineke Maas ( UU) received a grant from NWO (Investment Subsidy NWO Medium) of € 462.000 for the project Linking Historical Lives (Linked Lives): A database with 150 Years of Life Courses of Brothers and Sisters (1850-2010).

Thesis Richard Zijdeman
Richard Zijdeman On 23 April 2010, Richard Zijdeman defended his thesis entitled Status attainment in the Netherlands, 1811-1941. Spatial and temporal variation before and during industrialization at Utrecht University. He describes and explains the process of status attainment in the Netherlands using data from the HSN and the GENLIAS data from Zeeland.

New Publication
TSEG Kees Mandemakers, Jan Kok and Hilde Bras (ed.). Van geboortebank tot collaboratory. De Historische Steekproef Nederland (HSN). [From a database of births to a collaboratory. The Historical Sample of the Netherlands]. Special issue Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis.

Annual Report 2008
The HSN Annual Report 2008 is now available as PDF document
(text in Dutch, 1.1 Mb).

Logo Alfalab HSN/IISG participates in Alfalab
From 2010 onwards the HSN will participate in Alfalab. A so-called lifelab will be established by building a portal for historical population counts and exploring ways of integrating data. The building of a well defined, open and easy access to the data of the Historical Sample of the Netherlands will be the first pilot.

Hundred and fifty years life courses New Publication
Ineke Maas, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Kees Mandemakers (ed.)
Honderdvijftig jaar levenslopen. De Historische Steekproef Nederlandse bevolking (Hundred and fifty years life courses. The Historical Sample of the Netherlands). Amsterdam. 2008.

LINKS CATCH grant for LINKS project
The NWO programme Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage has awarded a grant to build a LINKing System for historical family reconstruction. The project is a cooperation between HSN/IISH, LIACS, Meertens Institute, NIDI, VKS and the GENLIAS' archives and is directed by Kees Mandemakers.

Annual Report 2007
The HSN Annual Report 2007 is now available as PDF document
(text in Dutch, 539 Kb).

Kees Mandemakers Kees Mandemakers professor
On 1 September 2008 Kees Mandemakers, head of HSN, was appointed professor of Large Historical Databases at the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Life Courses in the 19th and 20th Century Life Courses in the 19th and 20th Century
Concluding congress of the NW0-Groot program 'Life courses in context'
Amsterdam IISH, 11 April 2008

Thesis Ruben van Gaalen
On the 5th of October 2007, Ruben van Gaalen presented his thesis entitled Solidarity and Ambivalence in Parent-Child Relationships at Utrecht University. Part of his thesis analyses the family environment of children for the period from 1850 till the present on the basis of a combined dataset from HSN and NKPS.

Annual Report 2006
The HSN annual report 2006 is available as PDF document (text in Dutch, 761Kb).

New Publication
Zeeland, 15.1(maart 2006) Paul van de Laar, Leo Lucassen & Kees Mandemakers (red.), Naar Rotterdam. Immigratie en levensloop in Rotterdam vanaf het einde van de negentiende eeuw

Annual Report 2005
The HSN annual report 2005 is available as PDF document (text in Dutch, 2 Mb).

Hollanders op drift
The Hague, 6 October 2006
Symposium on migration and demographic developments in Holland in the 19th and 20th century.

HSN and Zeeland
Zeeland, 15.1(maart 2006) The latest special issue of Zeeland is entirely dedicated to the HSN and Zeeland.

HSN Workshop
Amsterdam, 21 March 2006
Disseminating and Analyzing Longitudinal Historical Data

Annual Report 2004
The HSN annual report 2004 is available as PDF document (text in Dutch, 563 Kb).

Thesis Margaret Chotkowski
On 11 October 2005, Margaret Chotkowski presented her thesis on Italian migrants in the Netherlands. The thesis is entitled Vijftien ladders en een dambord. Contacten van Italiaanse migranten in Nederland, 1860-1940 (Thesis University of Amsterdam, 2005).

New Publication
Genegenheid en gelegenheid Jan Kok & Marco H.D. van Leeuwen (ed.), Genegenheid en gelegenheid. Twee eeuwen partnerkeuze en huwelijk (Amsterdam 2005). Hierin de volgende bijdragen:
- M. van Leeuwen, I. Maas en K. Mandemakers, 'Het kiezen van een huwelijkspartner in Nederland 1840-1940. De rol van de familie', 63-84.
- M. Schrover, 'Huwelijk, gender, migratie en integratie. Partnerkeuze van Duitsers in Utrecht in de negentiende eeuw', 135-158.
- J. Kok & K. Mandemakers, 'Vrije keuze uit een beperkt aanbod. De huwelijksmarkt in Utrecht en Zeeland 1850-1940', 213-230.
- D. Damsma & J. Kok, 'Ingedroogde harten? Partnerkeuze en sociale reproductie van de Noord-Hollandse boerenstand in de negentiende en vroeg-twintigste eeuw', 285-308.

World History Conference
3-9 July 2005, World History Conference, Sydney, with a session New Sources for Historical demographic research (papers available).

New Publication
J. Kok, K. Mandemakers & H. Wals, 'City nomads: changing residence as a coping, Amsterdam, 1890-1940', Social Science History 29 (2005) 1, 15-44.

The HSN and Zeeland:
Conference Middelburg, May 27, 2005:
Zeeuwen in beweging. De HSN en Zeeland. (Text in Dutch)

AKON Project Finished
See the site of the Zeeuws Archief (text in Dutch).

The HSN and Rotterdam:
Conference Rotterdam, January 21, 2005:
Rotterdammers van binnen en van buiten. De HSN en Rotterdam. (Text in Dutch)

Annual Report 2003
The HSN annual report 2003 is available as PDF document (text in Dutch, 406 Kb).

Census 1947 New website Life Courses in Context (LCC)
New site launched on June 22, 2004: http://www.lifecoursesincontext.nl/, a collaboratory based on Dutch population registers and censuses (19th and 20th century).

Three million EURO
The HSN in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI) is granted a fund of over three million EURO by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project 'Life courses in context'. The programme's objective is to develop a database with about 40.000 individual life courses of people born in the period of 1863-1922. This database with microdata will be supplemented with core data on the level of the municipalities. This will be done by digitalizing the results of the ten-yearly censuses as they were taken between 1859 and 1947. Above this amount the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has granted 600.000 EURO. For more information see http://www.lifecoursesincontext.nl/plan.html.

boek Hilde Bras Thesis Hilde Bras
June 10, 2002, Hilde Bras presented her thesis on geographical and social mobility of female civil servants in the Netherlands, Zeeland, at the University of Utrecht. The thesis is called Zeeuwse meiden. Dienen in de levensloop van vrouwen ca. 1850-1950 (IISG Studies + Essays 34, Aksant, Amsterdam, price: € 27,70). The data used for this thesis were HSN data of women born between 1835 and 1927 on Zeeland islands.

Lectures Friesland published
The lectures, given at the symposium Over Friese mensen (About Friesian people) at Leeuwarden in February 2001, have been published. The journal includes contributions from Kees Mandemakers (HSN in Friesland), Frans van Poppel and Kees Mandemakers (Child mortality ), Doreen Gerritzen (Friesian given names) and Ineke Maas & Marco van Leeuwen (Marriage mobility in Friesland).
'Oer Fryske minsken/Over Friese mensen', It Baeken, Tydskrift fan de Fryske Akademy, 63, 3-4, price € 10.-.