Expert Meeting 'Using Genealogical Data in Scientific Research'

On February 12, 2015, researchers from the VIDI Project 'Nature or Nurture' at Utrecht University will organize an expert meeting on the use of genealogical data for scientific research. The purpose of this meeting will be to bring together academic researchers and genealogical experts to explore the possibilities and conditions of using genealogical data for scientific research purposes.


The meeting will be combined with a seminar lecture by Neil Cummins, assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Research, to be held at the lunch seminar of the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University.


Attendance by invitation only

Attendance is only possible by invitation. If you have not been invited, but wish to attend the meeting, please let us know through the registration form underneath. We will then contact you by e-mail; please note that registration does not automatically guarantees invitation. Attending the workshop is free of charge, but please be aware that the organizers will not be able to reimburse travel or accommodation costs. 


Date and location


Thursday 12 februari 2015, 9 am - 4 pm

Drift 21, Sweelinck Room, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Route description





09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and coffee

09:30 - 09:35


09:35 - 11:55

Chair: Corry Gellatly 

Presentations projects

  • Tine De Moor - Nature or nurture? A search for the institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period
  • Angélique Janssens - Genes, Germs and Resources. The role of the family and the disease environment in mortality and longevity in the Netherlands, 1812-2015
  • Maarten Baumers - Bio-evolutionary perspective of male effects on long-term fertility trends, 1850-1940
  • Bob Coret – Genealogy Online, Gaenovium and quality of genealogical data
  • Corry Gellatly - Overview of tools and methods for working with genealogical data
  • Kees Mandemakers – LINKS project and the EHPS (European Historical Population Samples Network)
  • Gerrit Bloothooft – Historic person identifiers: is a standardised identification system possible?


12:00 - 13:30

Chair: Dan Curtis

Lunch Seminar Lecture by Neil Cummins (London School of Economics)(Chair: Dan Curtis)

13:45 - 13:50


13:50 - 15:50

Chair: Tine De Moor

Open discussion - The focus will be on research directions, research interests and collaborative research possibilities

15:50 - 16:00 Closing remarks


Participants (acknowledged, in alphabetical order)


  • Maarten Baumers MA (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • dr. ir. Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University)
  • ir. Bob Coret (Coret Genealogie)
  • dr. Neil Cummins (London School of Economics)
  • prof. dr. Tine De Moor (Utrecht University)
  • Robyn Donrovich (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • dr. Corry Gellatly (Utrecht University)
  • Jan Geypen (Familiekunde Vlaanderen)
  • prof. dr. Angelique Janssens (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • prof. dr. Jan Kok (International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam)
  • dr. Maarten Larmuseau (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • prof. dr. Kees Mandemakers (International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam)
  • prof. dr. Koenraad Mathys (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Hideko Matsuo (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • dr. Auke Rijpma (Utrecht University)
  • dr. Charlotte Störmer (Utrecht University)
  • Martijn van der Klis (Utrecht University)
  • René van Weeren BA (Utrecht University)
  • dr. Valerie Vermassen (Familiekunde Vlaanderen)


Registration form