Supporting Sources

It’s time for another weekly post! This week I’m taking a look at some sources that may help support our class’ research into the Mapping Marriage Project.

Using the resources available through the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Concordia’s on campus library, I was able to find a dozen or so interesting supporting sources. I mostly used the Carl B.’s access to JSTOR—a digital database which stores thousands of academic articles, books, and more for research—and the library’s physical book collection to find my materials.

Thankfully for all my dear readers, I’m only going to take a quick look at two of my sources instead of all six that I found!

“Forgotten marriages? Measuring the Reliability of Marriage Histories”

This research article by Sophia Chae analyzes the quality of marriage histories. Chae uses the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health to look specifically at Sub-Saharan Africa and the reliability of its collected marriage histories. Using this data, Chae found that there is a degree of misreporting which, though non-negligent, has the potential to affect marriage analyses.

While this study does not directly link to our Mapping Marriage Project in every way, the question of reliability in marriage reporting is important to note. Since so much of our data relies on paperwork and other means of reporting, any sort of misinformation could skew our results and the analyses following them.

Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online

A handsome book by Rick Crume, Plugging Into Your Past is meant to help genealogists—and hopefully our class—use the digital world to uncover the past. Crume posits that digitized records and electronic databases are vast resources that can help map the lives of those come and gone before us. His book is meant to help those explorers through the digital anals of knowledge using instructions and indexes of available resources (including how much resources would cost the intrepid adventurer).

With the majority of our research utilizing online records, I thought this book would be a useful bit of reading to help better orient our class in our search.


Chae, Sophia. “Forgotten Marriages? Measuring the Reliability of Marriage Histories.” Demographic Research 34 (2016): 525–62.

Crume, Rick. Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2004.

Access these sources at my Zotero Library: HIST 325!

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