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Testing Methods of Record Linkage on Swedish Censuses
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Demographic Data Base. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Demographic Data Base. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7439-002X
Riksarkivet, Stockholm.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Demographic Data Base.
2014 (English)In: Historical Methods, ISSN 0161-5440, E-ISSN 1940-1906, Vol. 47, no 3, 138-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research benefits a great deal when different kinds of registers can be combined. Record linkage is an important tool for connecting sources to create longitudinal databases of individual data. In this article, researchers test and evaluate different methods of record linkage used when linking two censuses. By comparing the results of the census linkage with other continuous Swedish parish registers, they find that applying constructed name variables and household links considerably increases the success rate without the risk of introducing bias. Missing links are mainly related to name problems, and appear most frequently among children and when the family structure has changed between the censuses. Faulty links are very few and must be regarded as only a marginal problem for analysis. The study underlines the importance of adapting the linkage process to the special characteristics of the sources.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 47, no 3, 138-151 p.
Keyword [en]
censuses, historical demography, historical population databases, name standardization, record linkage
Keyword [sv]
folkräkningar, historisk demografi, historiska befolkningsdatabaser, namnstandardisering, länka historiska data
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92819DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2014.913967ISI: 000340192000003OAI: diva2:743625
Available from: 2014-09-04 Created: 2014-09-04 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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