Ja, ik wil!
The aim of the project ‘Ja, ik wil!’ (I do!) is to make available for scientific research demographic and social-economic data from the Amsterdam registers of notices of intent to marry (1581-1811).
Not only do the Amsterdam registers of notices of intent to marry (1581-1811) form a unique source for scientific research, but the working method is also unusual in that the project is making use of a large number of volunteers attracted through velehanden.nl (a crowdsourcing website for the cultural heritage sector).
The size of the source (almost 500,000 registrations) and the many details in each notice of intent mean these registers offer a wealth of information about early modern betrothed couples and their social environment: how old they were, where they came from, their occupation, whether their parents were still alive, etcetera.
These data are used to carry out research into possible coherence between marriage patterns, the emergence of institutions such as guilds and beguinages and the striking economic advantage of the Low Countries in the early modern period. Average life expectancy throughout the centuries is also being studied.
The 'Ja, ik wil!' project is part of the research project United We Stand.