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A Comparative Approach to Identifying the Irish in Long Eighteenth-Century London

Crymble, A; (2015) A Comparative Approach to Identifying the Irish in Long Eighteenth-Century London. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History , 48 (3) pp. 141-152. 10.1080/01615440.2015.1007194. Green open access

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Abstract

Historians seeking to identify the Irish have overwhelmingly relied upon nominal record linkage, thus limiting studies to periods and contexts in which corroborating records exist. Surname analysis provides an alternative: a subset of 283 Irish surnames was able to correctly isolate 40 percent of known Irish individuals across thousands of entries, which is sufficient for sampling the Irish in demographic studies. This conclusion was based on an analysis of 278,949 names from the London area in the 1841 census, and was tested and refined against 42,248 historical records pertaining to the poor in London between 1777 and 1820.

Type: Article
Title: A Comparative Approach to Identifying the Irish in Long Eighteenth-Century London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2015.1007194
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2015.1007194
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: data mining, demographic history, London, quantitative history, surname
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105667
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