Population in History: a one day course

Saturday 5 June, 2010

Population in History: Sources and Methods for Local Population Studies

A one-day intensive course in local population history will be held at the University of Hertfordshire on Saturday 5th June 2010. This will be of interest to all local historians, and to family historians who wish to expand their interests into local history more generally.

The morning session will focus upon the sources used to estimate local population sizes (medieval to nineteenth century), and the use of parish registers (pre 1837) and civil registration data (post 1837) for the determination of a range of measures relating to fertility, marriage and mortality. In the afternoon we will turn our attention to the published Census Reports (from 1801) and unpublished census enumerators' books (1841-1911), and discuss how these can be used to establish population sizes, occupations, age, sex and family structures and patterns of migration.

Each session (morning and afternoon) will be prefaced by a formal lecture. Thereafter teaching will take the form of supervised workshops, where students will be expected to engage with primary source material with which they will have been supplied prior to the session, most of which will be drawn from Hertfordshire. Advance preparation is essential for this course.

The course leader will be Nigel Goose, Professor of Social and Economic History at the university, and he will be supported in the workshop sessions by Margaret Ward, a leading Hertfordshire local and family historian. The fee for the course will be in the region of £40, which will include all course materials.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Nigel Goose in the first instance at n.goose@herts.ac.uk

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