Roger Schofield Memorial Conference

Welcome to our first virtual conference. This is a new experience for all of us, and the LPSS is very grateful to Dr Alice Reid and the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Department of Geography) for hosting this event.

The conference will be held on Zoom on Saturday 12 September, and you will already have received information via email about how to join. If you have any issues joining the meeting please send an email message to or and we will try to help you.

The speakers will give short presentations on the day, and have provided written papers or presentations for you to read or view at your leisure in advance of the conference. Please click on the paper titles below to download written papers. You can also view recorded presentations from this page. You can also download all the papers in one go.

Programme and papers

13.45 – 14.00    Delegates are welcome to log into/join the zoom meeting. The conference will start promptly at 14.00.

14.00 – 14.10     Introduction

Session 1

14.10 – 14.20    Richard Smith (Cambridge) “Roger Schofield, historian and demographer: an appreciation.”  

14.20 – 14.30    Jim Oeppen (Odense) “Genealogies as a Source for Demographic and Genetic Studies: some estimates of bias.”

14.30 – 14.40    Simon Szreter (Cambridge) Early modern family, demography, economy and government policy.”

14.40 – 15.15     Question and Answer session

15.15 – 15.30     Break

Session 2

15.30 – 15.40    Rosemary Leadbeater (Oxford Brookes) ‘I think it highly necessary to have it done before they go out into the World’; Inoculation, responsibility and patterns of familial transmission of smallpox in the eighteenth century.

15.40 – 15.50     Samantha Williams (Cambridge) “Plague and poor relief in Cambridge, 1665-66”

15.50 – 16.15     Question and Answer session

Session 3

16.15 – 16.25    David Cressy (Ohio, Claremont Graduate University) “Literacy, Social Structure, and Local Social Dramas”

16.25 – 16.35    David Levine (Toronto) “The Rich Past and Desiccated Future of Parish Register Demography”

16.35 – 16.45    DeLloyd Guth (Manitoba) “Taxation, Writs, and Populations: The One and the Many: Roger Schofield Measures History”

16.45 – 17.20     Question and Answer session

17.20 – 17.30     Concluding remarks

17.30 – 18.30 Conference closes, but please feel free to stay online to remember Roger by exchanging reminiscences and anecdotes with other participants