Micro-data on changes in life courses provide a unique insight in how societies change over time. The Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN) collects this kind of data for the Netherlands.

One of the strengths of the HSN database is that it is largely based on municipal population registers. However, this data source has also some weaknesses as some registers are incomplete, do not provide information on stillbirths and sometimes give conflicting information.

By combining the information from the HSN with that from another database, called LINKS, we will try to find out whether and how the integration of both databases offers a way to improve the quality and completeness of the HSN database. It also provides the opportunity to include the wider kin network of the sampled individuals.

LINKS stands for 'Linking System for Historical Family Reconstruction' and aims at the reconstruction of all nineteenth and early twentieth century families in the Netherlands and is based on the existing database of persons found in the Dutch civil certificates.

In the project HLZ (HSN LINKS Zeeland) we will demonstrate the above sketched opportunities for the province of Zeeland.
For a full description, see Website HLZ