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    Marriage patterns near Rawicz in the 1800s-1900s

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    The aim of this study is to characterize marriage patterns in a rural parish of Trzebosz in the borderland between Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) and Silesia in the years 1855–1913. A total of 343 data on marriages were gathered from the parish registers. The percentage of Lutheran–Catholic marriages was calculated. The distribution of age at marriage by martial status was assessed. The intensity of endogamy and exogamy was calculated as well as the coefficients of exogamy and biological polygamy. The annual rhythm of marriages was determined. In Trzebosz mixed marriages accounted for 3.94% in 1855–1899 and 14% in 1900–1913. The average age of brides and grooms was 25.36 and 26.22 years, while of widows and widowers they were 37.26 and 42.35 years, respectively. The average age of brides and grooms declined over time. In 1855–1899 the levels of endogamy and exogamy outside the parish were 19% and 81%, respectively. In 1900–1913 exogamy outside the parish decreased to 62%, while endogamy increased to 37%. The average mating distances for all marriages and exogamous ones were 24 and 42 km, respectively, in 1855–1899, while for 1900–1913 the respective figures were 7.4 and 8.7 km. The coefficient of exogamy declined from 0.78 in 1855–1899 to 0.67 in 1900–1913, while the coefficient of biological polygamy grew from 1.19 to 1.30 between those periods. The religious factor, apart from an economic strategy, shaped the annual rhythm of marriage. The outflow of the parishioners from Trzebosz in the early 20th century led to its ageing.


    Trzebosz is located near Rawicz, at the border between Wielkopolska and Lower Silesia:

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    Interesting to me as many of my ancestors lived in similar circumstances but just to the west and northwest and in the preceding half century.
    The statistics on geographical exogamy are only half the story.
    It may have been driven by a lack of suitable marriage partners within the village, but who was suitable?
    Was genetic exogamy a driver?
    My impression is that those who emigrated took measures towards genetic exogamy compared with people from a different part of the world who were living in the same New Country. Someone who has read the writings (and preachings, where recorded) of the Lutheran ministers from the early years after immigration showed no preaching on that subject, so any conscious effort proceeded from folk custom. I was hoping to find some evidence in this study, but that takes some serious relationship tracing, so has not been done.

    And the Prussian 1840 census?
    First I have heard of this.
    Any records remaining?
    If so, any online access?
    Last edited by Saetro; 12-05-2018 at 08:04 PM.

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