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Rostock Archive of Historical Vital Statistics Micro Data


Individual-level population data for Rostock covering the 19th century have been gathered from historical censuses, church registers and burial records. Thus the project provides original sources for historical demographic research.
The research project is a co-operation between the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the University of Rostock and was carried out by the Historical Demography department of the MPIDR .

Co-operating partners are

  • Landeskirchliches Archiv (State Church Archive) Schwerin
  • Landeshauptarchiv (State Main Archive) Schwerin
  • Stadtarchiv (Municipal Archive) Rostock

Up to date, data grouped around the censuses of 1819, 1867 and 1900 have been gathered including key data of individual and burial records drawn from church and cemetery registers. The research project focuses on the records of the Jacobi parish, to initially provide a readily accessible expert data base. The Rostock data provide an excellent exercise for "Record Linkage" methods and can also serve as an important tool of academic didactics in the field of historical demography.

Data- collection and processing were funded by the Exzellenzförderprogramm Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: "A History of Aging Societies-Rostocker Forschungsverbund Historische Demografie".

To access the database users have to register first.

Work on the database is still in progress. Though there have been several levels of checks executed, the database is still not fully harmonized. Potential errors originating from the original sources can be attributed to deciphering errors, incompleteness of the original handwriting, spelling and typing variations and discontinuity of original forms.