Transgenerational Effect on Reproduction Based on Parish Registers from the 17th–19th Century Bohemia
Alice Velková, Faculty of Science, Charles Univeristy
The paper will test the “grandmother hypothesis” on historical population of Bohemia. It will be compared the possible effect of maternal and paternal grandmothers. Should this be the case, the effects mentioned above might not be specific to grandmothers only, other family members may play a similar role compensating for the grandmother’s absence (e.g., the presence of other relatives such as aunts, older siblings etc. may have similar effects). Further, it is not clear whether such effects are restricted to biological relatives only or whether other non-reproducing, biologically unrelated women, such as step-grandmothers, may act in a similar way. All these questions will be studied on data created on the family reconstruction based on excerptions from the Bohemian parish registers (several selected regions, 18th and 19th centuries).
Beise, Jan, & Voland, Eckart (2002). A multilevel event history analysis of the effects of grandmothers on child mortality in a historical German population. Demographic Research, 7(13), 469-498.
Hawkes, Kristen (2003). Grandmothers and the evolution of human longevity. American Journal of Human Biology, 15(3), 380-400.
Presented in Session 24: Persistence of the Past