SHiPS is an online service which uses technology
produced by the QVIZ project to present information from
Tabellverket, which has been digitised in the Demographic Database
(DDB) at Umeå University.
Swedish priests throughout history have had the task of
documenting various facts about their parishes and then sending
this information to the Tabellkommissionen in Stockholm.
Information registered included the number of births, deaths and
marriages in the parish, but it also included the occupations of
the people. Data on the population was reported by sex, age,
marital status, occupation and class, usually every five years. The
Tabellverket database, which is administered at the Demographic
Database at Umeå University, now includes unique data showing
statistics on the populations in the parishes between 1749 and
1859. These are the earliest population statistics to be found
anywhere in the world.
Users themselves can use SHiPS, Swedish Historical Population
Statistics, to search through the Tabellverket data. Users can
rediscover this part of Swedish history using maps, tables and
diagrams. The program which allows users to search for and
visualise data from Tabellverket has been developed by HUMlab
Find out more and log on to SHiPS: http://www.ddb.umu.se/databaser/ships/
Contact persons at DDB: Annika Westberg and Mattias
Contact person at HUMlab: Fredrik Palm