Testing Methods of Record Linkage on Swedish Censuses
2014 (English)In: Historical Methods, ISSN 0161-5440, E-ISSN 1940-1906, Vol. 47, no 3, 138-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 47, no 3, 138-151 p.
censuses, historical demography, historical population databases, name standardization, record linkage
folkräkningar, historisk demografi, historiska befolkningsdatabaser, namnstandardisering, länka historiska data
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92819DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2014.913967ISI: 000340192000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-92819DiVA: diva2:743625