The microgeographic variability of consanguinity in the Archbishopric of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) between 1900 and 1979 was studied. This Archbishopric covers 106 local councils integrated by 964 parishes, of which 677 (70.23%) were analyzed. Of the 307,094 marriages counted within this period, 15,739 corresponded to weddings between biologically related couples. Within the Archbishopric, eight geographical regions were considered: six coastal regions (Golfo Artabro, Bergantiños, Fisterra, Xallas, Santiago Oeste, and Rías Baixas) and two inland regions (Santiago Este and Terra de Montes). In order to evaluate the differences and similarities among them, the frequencies of all types of marriages (consanguineous and nonconsanguineous) were considered. First, a hierarchical grouping of the regions based on their chi-squared distances was performed. Then, in order to analyze relationships that are exclusively due to the structure of consanguinity, a correspondence analysis was performed and only the frequency of the different types of consanguineous marriages was taken into account. The results from both statistical analyses indicate special features of the Xallas region, both in the level of inbreeding (8.75%, the highest in the Archbishopric) and in the structure of consanguinity, for which a high proportion of uncle-niece marriages was found (6.22% of all consanguineous marriages). In all cases the structure of consanguinity provides informative nuances on the differences and similarities among population groups.
Sánchez-Sellero, C.; Fariña, J.; Aínsua, R. L.; and Valera, T. A.
"Local Differences in the Archbishopric of Santiago de
Compostela (Galicia, Spain) in Relation to the Consanguinity
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