About the Demographic Data Base
The Demographic Data Base (DDB) started as a temporary employment project in 1973 under the support of the Swedish National Archives. The aim of the organization was to computerize parish registers to make them available for research – and that task still continues.
The Swedish National Archives are full of historical church records from parishes all over the country, and DDB has had the fortune to computerize a part of this well of historical information. During the years the DDB has computerized parish registers and constructed one of the largest historical population data bases in Europe.
Today DDB is a national research resource and responsible for ensuring that historical data from parish registers and parish statistics are easily available for researchers in both Sweden and other countries. Since its start DDB has both developed internationally competitive historical demographical research and given Umeå University a prominent place in the research field of historical demography. DDB and CPS have been awarded two excellence grants from the Swedish Research Council; Strong Research Environment 2005-2010 and Linnaeus Grant 2006-2016.
Since 1978 DDB is a special unit at Umeå University, with production units in Haparanda, Jörn and Karesuando and a central administrative, development and research unit in Umeå.