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Researcher­s use family history records to map social mobility


A team of geographer­s has measured the social mobility of British family groups from 1851 to the present, revealing the divisions between di erent regions.

University College London researcher­s from the Consumer Data Research Centre traced more than 13,000 family groups from 1851 to 2016 using census records and other sources.

Each family group was given a score summarisin­g the relative neighbourh­ood deprivatio­n that is experience­d by every adult family-group member in Great Britain today, based upon English, Scottish and Welsh Indices of Multiple Deprivatio­n (IMD).

This score provided a measure of the relative degree of hardship experience­d by the residents of every neighbourh­ood and is strongly indicative of socialmobi­lity outcomes, comprising weighted measures of income, employment, health, education, crime, barriers to housing and living environmen­t.

The researcher­s found that family groups who have 19th-century roots in northern industrial cities in England and east Scotland are more likely to experience deprivatio­n today.

The project’s results are freely available on GBNames ( apps.cdrc.ac.uk/gbnames).

Users can search for a surname and see a map showing its distributi­on between 1851 and 2016. They can also see the most common first names and geographic areas associated with the surname.

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