Co-Residence of Elderly Persons with Children and Grandchildren in Eastern and Southeast Europe
18th and 19th Centuries
Co-residence of elderly persons with their descendants has often been perceived as the norm in traditional societies, especially in historical East and Southeast Europe. Nevertheless, not all elderly persons could count on such living arrangements because some of them never had children and some lost their children due to high mortality. This paper sheds light on the proportions of elderly people living with their children and grandchildren in the same household, drawing on census and census-like material from East and Southeast Europe for the 18th and 19th centuries, which has been made available for research by the Mosaic project (https://ehps-net.eu/databases/mosaic-project).