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The Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN)

The HSN offers a representative sample of about 78.000 people born in the Netherlands during the period 1812-1922. The HSN-database containing individual life-courses is a unique tool for research in Dutch history and demography.



Annual Report

The HSN Annual Report 2015 is now available (PDF).

ECSR Prize for best PhD thesis for Antonie Knigge

At the conference of the European Consortium for Sociological Research, held 22-24 September 2016 in Oxford, UK, Antonie Knigge was awarded with the ECSR Prize for best PdD thesis written in 2015. His thesis is entitled Sources of Sibling Similarity. Status Attainment in the Netherlands during Modernization. The analyses in his research are based on data from WieWasWie (formerly GENLIAS). Antonie Knigge was a PhD student at the Department of Sociology/ICS Utrecht, where he now works as an assistant professor.

New website ICHD

The new ICHD website is hosted by the Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History in Nijmegen. The website is linked to a Facebook page.

Launch of Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History

4 July 2016 the new Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History was launched at the Radboud University.

LONGPOP - 2 positions hosted by IISH

The deadline for application is now extended to 30 April 2016. For more information and application, please see the LONGPOP website.


News archive

Older news can be found in the news archive.


On the HSN pages:

• More about HSN, its history and activities.
• Information about the HSN data, the sources and the structure.
Research projects, making use of HSN data.
Products, such as releases, publications and presentations.
Links to other sources on the internet.


See also:

Life Courses in Context. A collaboratory based on Dutch population registers and censuses (19th and 20th century). An overview of the data



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