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Ancestry

For over 30 years, Ancestry the leader in family history and consumer genomics, has helped people around the world connect to their past and learn more about who they are and where they come from. Ancestry has more than 20 billion digitised records – the world’s largest online collection of family history records – giving people an unparalleled insight into their family story at both a local and global level. Since 2018 Ancestry has worked with the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet) to digitize a number of national collections including church book records and censuses and make them searchable for academic and research purposes. To date indexes of approximately 18 million vital events recorded in the church books have been created, including over 40 million names.

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Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland, The University Court of the University of Edinburgh

The Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland (LSCS) is based at the University of Edinburgh. LSCS was established in 2001 from funding by the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council and the Chief Scientist Office. LSCS focuses on linking data over time to produce a unique set of longitudinal research resources. In 2012, the LSCS was successful in attracting ESRC funding for Digitising Scotland, a highly ambitious and exciting project aiming to digitise and link inter-generationally all of the approximate 24 million vital events registered in Scotland since 1855. This groundbreaking work will create a unique dataset allowing the exploration of new and exciting research questions for the first time in the UK.

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The Norwegian Historical Data Centre, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

NHDC is a national centre for the transcription, encoding and dissemination of nominative records since 1981 and currently hosts the Historical Population Register of Norway (HPR). HPR will include the records of the 9.7 million people who lived in Norway in the period from 1801 to 1964. By linking individual and contextual attributes derived from censuses and church records, life trajectories across multiple generations are built. NHDC adheres to the international standards necessary to render historical material fit for record linkage and statistical use, and have the responsibility for the overall coordination, normalization and formatting of these sources into compatible longitudinal databases which form the key building blocks of HPR. In collaboration with the National Archive, NHDC has been central to the development of the automated record linkage methods used in HPR.

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Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History, Radboud University

The Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History is based at Radboud University. It is the leading centre of expertise on Historical Demography and Family History in the Netherlands. The Radboud Group combines a multidisciplinary approach and sound quantitative methods with a thorough foundation in history. This implies that the demographic phenomena and processes the group studies are always situated within shifting environments and socio-economic conditions, historical family systems and religious norms. As historians, the group emphasizes the need for a proper understanding of the historical sources underlying demographic analysis; the administrative practices, the classifications and the discourses surrounding counting and measuring.

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Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research, Umeå University

Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR) is based at Umeå University. CEDAR strives to support, strengthen and stimulate research on population and ageing. To reach this goal, CEDAR build population databases of the highest possible quality and make these available for researchers. The Centre’s databases are developed and managed by the Demographic Data Base, a unit that has helped Umeå University get a leading position in the area of population history ever since the 1970’s. The research is in turn conducted within CEDAR Research, which gathers Swedish and international researchers from a variety of backgrounds – i.e. history, cultural geography, medicine and statistics.

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