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Northwest Europe) from areas, still under study, where joint households (of at least two married couples) seem to have been common. Hajnal's work, which historians have used as a tool of analysis for both European and non-European populations, has been widely explored and applied. Herlihy (1987), for example, has argued that exogamy fostered by the Catholic Church led to the western European marriage pattern. His work augments that of Goody (1983). The Church's emphasis on monogamy and its definition and prohibition of incest resulted in more commensurable households and a more even distribution of women across these units than in earlier Europe.
In such locations, a continuous • 19 20 • Part I • Family Diversity set of records may survive that can be linked to other contemporary records such as wills, deeds, or debt records and can help to identify kin networks. The resulting community studies possess an immediacy difficult to attain for large populations. Studies of preindustrial England and America such as that of Terling, Essex (Wrightson & Levine, 1979), or that of Plymouth (Demos, 1970) or Andover, Massachusetts (Greven, 1970), have generally not been replicated for large, urban areas.
Historical Demography As World War II was ending, Meuvret (1946) and Goubert (1952) undertook demographic research in France using early modem parish registers. * The French demographers, in their separate research efforts, developed family reconstitution, a technique for reconstructing families by linking individual marriage, baptismal, and burial entries from parish registers or, in some cases, from genealogies. Using vital statistics and family reconstitution, historical demographers have provided information on age at marriage, duration of marriage, remarriage, reproduction rates, birth intervals, number of children within marriage, illegitimacy, life expectancy, mortality (including neonatal and *Somewhat earlier, scholars in Germany and elsewhere had undertaken similar research, but their work was not widely known.