Links to website Homepage Get data Introduction The Karelian Database consists of data from parish registers in the Karelian region. Data are collected from catechetical lists, lists of children, and registers of vital statistics (registers of births, marriages, migrations and deaths) from the period 1681-1949. Shortname KATIHA IDS compatible No Period 1681 - 1950 Territory The Old Eastern Finland, Karelia Contact information Organisation Karelian Database Foundation Web Address http://www.karjalatk.fi/index.php?lang=en Location Mikkeli, Finland Postal Address Savilahdenkatu 10 A, 50100 Mikkeli, Finland Contact Persons Satu Soivanen firstname.lastname@example.org QuestionnaireDownload questionnaireThe questionnaire was submitted on 23 February 2015 by Satu Soivanen. Scope / Status Original goal The Karelian Database consists of data from parish registers in the Karelian region. The objectives of the Karelian Database Foundation are to promote access of demographic data for research purposes, to promote research on the people of the ceded Karelia region and to maintain and develop Karelian data archives. In all, at the moment the material on source database files available on Internet relates to about 5 million entries, each presenting data from one person or event. Main sources: data are collected from catechetical lists, lists of children, and registers of vital statistics (registers of births, marriages, migrations and deaths) from the period 1681-1949. Current status The database is still under construction, but available to use. Collecting the data is still going on. For instance, the statistics form the database: https://katiha.mamk.fi/statistics.jsp It is planned to complete the Karelian database until year 2020. The recording work is still going on (already over 25 years). There are already about 10 million entries in the database, but it has been calculated that there are 1,5 million entries left. Sample definition The database includes whole material from e.g. registers of births in the period 1682-1950: a total number of 1260,000 children. Geographic area under observation Before the Second World War in Karelian region there were all together 51 Lutheran and 22 Orthodox Parishes. Realized parts Data in the Katiha is from the period 1681-1950 and relates to about 10 million entries, but only a part (data older than 100 years and all death registers) of them is published on Internet. Keywords demography, church register, history, social science, genetics, migration, occupations Sources Sources From yearEnd yearSourceExplanationPDF 1682 1950 Baptisms About 70 parishes. PDF 1681 1950 Marriage from church registers About 70 parishes. PDF 1688 1950 Burials About 70 parishes. PDF 1737 1950 Population registers (maintained by church or state) About 70 parishes. 1920 1950 Civil birth certificates About 40 registers. 1920 1950 Civil marriage certificates About 40 registers. 1920 1950 Civil death certificates About 40 registers. 1847 1950 List of Migrated Mainly late 19th century and until 1912. PDF 1737 1950 Catechetical lists Mainly late 18th and 19th century. PDF 1800 1950 Children's books Mainly late 19th century and until 1912. PDF Collection procedure • When the data was collected and transcribed? - The Karjala Database Foundation was established in 1990. Collecting the data is still going on (already over 25 years). • Data collection method: Manual recording from the Web pages: http://digi.narc.fi/digi/?lang=en_US. • If transcription, how was the transcription done? - Data from an Orthodox parish registers: the transcription from Russian to Finnish was done by individuals. • How was the checking of the transcription done? - Not done yet. • Purpose of the transcription: Research. • Control methods by researcher: Control methods are mainly used in the recording programmes, but considering the whole database not done yet. • Data collection staff: Hired staff for the recording project. Observations Units of observation Unit of observation ExplanationNumber Individuals Children in Birth registers. 1,200,000 Married couples Persons in Marriage registers. 620,000 Families Persons in Catechetical lists (same members of the family could be found several times from Catechetical lists, depend on the period). 5,300,000 Households Depends on how the population register was kept. Can differ from parish to parish and from time to time. Are there any related observations that are not included in the database? Information is available of all individuals who were involved in a vital event (birth, marriage, death) concerning the research person. How do the units of observation enter observation? First event of the research person: birth, start of registration or migration. How do the units of observation leave observation? Last event of the research person: death, end of registration or migration. Dates estimated Estimates can be made. Sometimes only year is given. Are some entry or exit dates unknown? Sometimes, but then a period of exit is known. Can observations be linked to geographic locations? Yes Are the dates and locations of movements within the observation area recorded? Yes Are all individuals who lived in the households of sample members recorded? Yes Linkage Not done yet. Variables Events TypeDatedExplanation Birth Yes Also dates of baptisms. Marriage Yes Also dates of banns. Death Yes Also dates of burials. Migration Yes Occupation Partly Usually within the period of the Catechetical list. Religion Partly Villages within the period of the Catechetical list. Relationships Partly Sometimes exact, sometimes period. Variables Data of birth and dead, age, gender, marital status, religion, occupation, migration, name, parish. Coding / Reference systems Occupational titles: HISCO developed, but not implemented. Locations: Level of villages. Civil status, sex, marks etc.: Standardized. Data representation MariaDB Kinship relations Recording The kinship or relationship to the head of the household is mentioned in the Catechetical lists. From this, the relationship (parents, partners and children) to the research person can be derived. Depth of information As far as previous or later generations are found in the Catechetical lists (1737-1950). Comparability They are quite comparable, but the generation born before 1850 is less comparable because the database is incomplete. For instance, recording of the oldest Catechetical lists is still going on. Publications 1. Main publications about the database itself Räisä, J., & Loponen, M. (2014). The modernization, migration and archiving of a research register.Soivanen, S. (2011). Katiha Statistics Program: Statistical Requirements for the Data of a Demographic Database.2. Main or exemplary publications on research based on the database Happonen, P. (2009). Two realities? The parish registers and the population registers in describing the Sortavala city population profile from the beginning of the 19th century until 1940.