Analysis of Individual Data from Historical Parish Registers for the Study of Demographic Behavior in the Past – Case Study on the Population Born from 1650s to 1830s in Jablonec, Czech Lands
Ludmila Fialova, Charles University in Prague
Klara Hulikova Tesarkova, Charles University in Prague
Barbora Kuprova, Charles University in Prague
Historical data of population of the Czech lands have been studied only through the traditional methods of historical demography (e. g. family reconstitution method) so far. However, these data offer many possibilities of application of other methods, which are commonly used in demographic analysis of contemporary data. Aim of the paper is to describe reproductive behavior of people born from 1650s to 1830s using alternative analytical methods – survival analysis and the Cox regression. The studied data came from individual records from parish registers from Jablonec, one of the industrial township in the northern part of the Czech lands. The studied time period was special because of the economic and social changes. The time durations from birth/marriage to marriage/birth of first child/death are studied (survival analysis) so as the family behavior could be described and for detailed analysis of mortality process the Cox regression is used.