Recent study of population in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American and European communities is providing new insights into the nature of their social existence. Such studies depend not only upon the traditional census, but utilize a variety of sources, including parish registers, tax and tribute rolls, musters, and genealogical material.1 The use of these sources for the counting of individuals and the arrangement of aggregate figures into tables may seem to produce a rigidly scientific and arid form of history, but in reality these figures do much to explain the everyday life experience of a past community. There is no better way, for instance, of substantiating the influence of events like the joyous celebration of marriage, or the sobering reality of starvation or plague.
Corbett, Theodore G.
"Population Structure in Hispanic St. Augustine, 1629-1763,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 54
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol54/iss3/3