HSN Projects

In addition to functioning as an important source for research and as a source for control groups for interpretation of research into specific groups, the HSN database serves as the basis for collecting new data.

In practice this is realized through:

  1. designing and maintaining a data structure for use by individual researchers; and
  2. taking the database as a starting point for further research,


both through increasing the number of individuals included (oversampling) and by deepening by means of recording supplementary variables for a specific group of research subjects.

Scholars thus kill two birds with one stone. Not only can they use the data already recorded, the software and expertise developed by the HSN are available as well. This expertise can also be considered an important byproduct of the data entering of the past ten years. For using its software and already recorded data, the HSN sets the precondition that new data must be added to the data set, so that they will eventually become available to other researchers too. Enlarging the database usually happens in cooperation with other research projects.

  • Look at the projects that built the backbone of the HSN database
  • The joint projects are listed below:
IISH Research | HSN | Projects Huwelijksakte

HSN Projects

HSN Projects | AKON | Zeeland 1866 | Photo by WikiCommons


General index of death certificates in the Netherlands (AKON)

HSN Projects | CEDAR - volkstelling Drenthe (1795) | Photo by volkstellingen.nl


Census Data Open Linked (CEDAR)

HSN Project | DUM | Een kolonie van Duitsers


Germans in Utrecht: a temporary minority in the 19th century (DUM)


Settlement determinants for immigrants and their descendants in the Netherlands, 1853-1960 (DVI)

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European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net)

IISH Research | HSN | Products


Early-life conditions, social mobility and longevity (ESM)


Family formation and living strategies in the western parts of the Netherlands 1830-1940 (GBW)

HSN Projects | GGR | Photo by: https://www.flickr.com/photos/senatormarkwarner/27142081944


Genes, Germs and Resources (GGR)

Giants of the modern world (GNT)

The project ‘Giants of the modern world. A new history of heights and health in The Netherlands, 1811-1940’ is granted by the Netherlands organization for Scientific Research (Free Competition Humanities, file number 360-53-190 /208).  ) and is co-financed by Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), Free University and the IISG. The project started in July 2016 and is supervised by prof. dr. Jan Kok (RUN).



IISH Data | Marriage Certificate | Marriage certificate 1856 Middelie (Noord-Holland)


Marriage certificates Pupils of Dutch Higher Secondary Education (HVL)