New Study Released: Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe: Orasac, 1824-1975 (ICPSR 32404)

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe: Orasac, 1824-1975 (ICPSR 32404). This new study release is the first component of the Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe series, which derives from the ethnographic and archival research of Joel M. Halpern, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in southeastern Europe from 1953 to 2006. This important data series is incredibly rich, and DSDR will work to release other components of the series in the near future.

This component of the series focuses exclusively on the Serbian village of Orasac and is composed of 64 datasets. The data provide insight into how social relations and household structures changed as Orasac developed from a market village into a small industrial center. Specifically, these data record a variety of demographic and economic information between the years of 1824 and 1975. General population information at the individual level is available in official census records from 1863, 1884, 1948, 1953, and 1961, and from population register records for the years of 1928, 1966, and 1975. Census data at the household level is also available for the years of 1863, 1928, 1948, 1953, and 1961. These data are followed by detailed records of engagement and marriage. Many of these data were obtained through the courtesy of village and county officials. Priest book records from 1851 through 1966, as well as death records from 1863 to 1976 and tombstone records from 1975, are also available. Information regarding migrants and emigrants was obtained from the village council for the years of 1946 through 1975. Lastly, the data provide economic and financial information, including records of individual landholdings (for the years of 1863, 1952, 1966, and 1975), records of government taxation at the individual or household level (for 1813 through 1840, as well as for 1952), and livestock censuses (at both the individual and household level for the years of 1824 and 1825, and only at the individual level for the years of 1833 and 1834).

Users should be aware that some parts of the data are restricted from general dissemination. Users who wish to obtain the restricted components of the data by filling out a restricted data use agreement should contact Tannaz Sabet, DSDR's Archive Manager, at: tannazs@umich.edu. More information is available via the study's description page.

View over Sumadija in Orasac. 

Image source: Mabe82, Wikimedia Commons. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:View_over_the_Sumadijan_landscape.jpg