Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

The Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN)

The HSN offers a representative sample of about 85,500 people born in the Netherlands during the period 1812-1922. The HSN-database containing individual life-courses is a unique tool for research in Dutch history and demography.



HSN Symposium

Symposium ‘Leven en overleven in Limburg’, organised by the HSN, the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASoS) of Maastricht University and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL), 14 March 2019. Click here for the program.

Evelien Walhout

Evelien Walhout defended her PdD thesis entitled An infants' graveyard? Region, religion and infant mortality in North Brabant, 1840-1940 on 25 January 2019 at Tilburg University.

Ashkan Ashkpour

On Thursday 21 January 2019 Ashkan Ashkpour defended his PhD dissertation Theory and Practice of Historical Census Data Harmonization. The Dutch Historical Census Use Case: A Flexible, Structured and Accountable Approach using Linked Data. The defence took place at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. The promotor was professor Kees Mandemakers. For more information on the Cedar project, click here.

WieWasWie and LINKS linked

The links between marriage certificates produced by the HSN LINKS project are now available on the website of WieWasWie. For more information click here.

Annual Report

The HSN Annual Report 2017 is now available (PDF).



News archive

Older news can be found in the news archive.


On the HSN pages:

• More about HSN, its history and activities.
• Information about the HSN data, the sources and the structure.
Research projects, making use of HSN data.
Products, such as releases, publications and presentations.
Links to other sources on the internet.



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