Datasets containing linked individual-level data regarding educational pathways, social backgrounds and family relations, career trajectories, and networks of civil involvement will be gradually created starting from the work of C. Sigmirean, and from the historical records identified and examined in-depth during archival research in various county departments of the state archives and in archives abroad. These data will undergo standardizing and cleaning, to be prepared for various descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses (social-occupational status will for instance be coded according to the HISCO/HISCLASS scheme, the standard in the field of social history), and to withstand comparisons in the future with other geographic regions or social groups. Moreover, the gaps in current secondary literature on the education and formation of elites will be covered and potential errors corrected.

Information on career pathways will be collected from a variety of records, as for instance the Hof- und Staatshandbuch der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie – Schematismen, Magyarország Tiszti Czim- És Névtára, yearbooks of banking institutions, church calendars, and registers of the Chamber of Lawyers in Budapest and in other locations.
Sampling will be undertaken in order to observe and analyse the activity of Romanian members of the legal profession in a variety of contexts, from various perspectives. Moreover, in order to circumscribe the Romanian members of the legal profession on an individual basis to one of the political orientations in Transylvania and the Banat during the Dualist period, the project will resort to the Romanian press during the electoral campaigns, where Romanian jurists can appear both as electoral agents and as political figures/candidates.