Comparison between Inbreeding Analyses Methodologies

Mireia Esparza, Neus Martínez-Abadías, Torstein Sjovold, Rolando González-José, Miquel Hernández


Surnames are widely used in inbreeding analysis, but the validity of results has often been questioned due to the failure to comply with the prerequisites of the method. Here we analyze inbreeding in Hallstatt (Austria) between the 17th and the 19th centuries both using genealogies and surnames. The high and significant correlation of the results obtained by both methods demonstrates the validity of the use of surnames in this kind of studies. On the other hand, the inbreeding values obtained (0.24 x 10-3 in the genealogies analysis and 2.66 x 10-3 in the surnames analysis) are lower than those observed in Europe for this period and for this kind of population, demonstrating the falseness of the apparent isolation of Hallstatt’s population. The temporal trend of inbreeding in both analyses does not follow the European general pattern, but shows a maximum in 1850 with a later decrease along the second half of the 19th century. This is probably due to the high migration rate that is implied by the construction of transport infrastructures around the 1870’s.


Inbreeding, isonymy, genealogies, polyphiletism, migration, Hallstatt (Austria)

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