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Were nonconformist occupations different? A comparison with fathers' occupations from Anglican baptisms in six Welsh hundreds, 1813-20

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The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure used fathers’ occupations from Anglican baptisms to construct a ‘census’ of adult male occupations 1813-20. However, in areas where nonconformity was strong, a significant proportion of baptisms were missing from parish registers, especially in Wales. This study assesses the availability of nonconformist baptism records in six Welsh hundreds, and analyses whether there were significant differences between the occupations of Anglican and nonconformist fathers or between nonconformist denominations. As fathers’ occupations were only available for an estimated 31% of nonconformist baptisms, the representativeness of this data is considered, and ways of estimating missing occupations explored.

This talk is part of the Quantitative History Seminar series.

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