Medical History and Humanities Fellowship. African Historical Demography Using Parish Registers

Funder: Wellcome Trust
Date: October 2011 – September 2014
Sponsors: Professor Basia Zaba (EPH) and Professor Virginia Berridge (PHP)
Staff:  Dr Sarah Walters (EPH)

Description: This project will see the digitisation of the parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from five parishes in five countries in Africa established from the late nineteenth century. A relational database will be produced from the linked data and trends in fertility, marriage, mortality and migration will be estimated. Qualitative sources such as missionary records and oral history will also be used to write the micro-demographic history of these parishes.