I will present the results of three recent studies on intergenerational mobility. In the first we asked whether the observed increases in intergenerational mobility in European societies in recent decades had their origin in nineteenth-century industrialization, as is posited by the industrialization thesis. Using over 600,000 marriage records we studied total and relative intergenerational mobility of men in Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Sweden between 1800 and 1914. The second study added women to the picture. It focused on the effects of mother’s and father’s status on their sons’ and daughters’ status attainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in the Netherlands, and how these effects changed over time. We used occupational information in marriage record data to investigate the status of 350,396 sons and 114,394 daughters. In the third study we zoomed in on Sweden and showed how measured indicators of modernization affected  the intergenerational mobility from father to son between 1800 and 1900. We used data from parish registers for 37 parishes spread out over Sweden.