Halifax (N.S.). City Home registers

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Halifax (N.S.). City Home registers

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102-33A (Formerly RG 35-102-33A)

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  • 1802-1811, 1860-1965 (Creation)

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1.9 m of textual records (65 bound volumes)

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Sub-series consists of registers of residents in the Halifax Poor Asylum and the Halifax City Home. The registers were used to charge either the City or the Province for the number of days of care provided; hence there are separate volumes for City and for Provincial inmates. Information collected varies between registers but often includes name, age, date admitted and discharged, reason for admittance, by whom admitted, where discharged to, religious affiliation, and observations. There is a separate register of deaths that occurred in the Home between 1914 and 1947, which records name, date, age, and cause of death. There are also volumes which give the daily, monthly and yearly tally of inmates.

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Handwritten entries are sometimes difficult to read. Use volumes A.31a and 38 to confirm 1919-1938 entries or to search for additional information on entries found in other registers.

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Registers are arranged in chronological order by admittance date, although most years start with an alphabetical list of all residents present January 1, then start the chronological list of new admittees. The names of men, women, children are often separated. For some years there are also separate books for residents of Halifax - "City" and those from outside the city - "Province" (the name of the registers indicated who would be charged for those residents.

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All registers. except those for 1941-1965, are available on microfilm.

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Three volumes (102-33A.42 to A.44) covering 1941-1965 are closed for 100 years from date of the entry, or 20 years after the death of the individual identified, because they contain personal information and unlike the rest of the series, were not available in an archives when protection of privacy legislation was passed in 1998. Contact the Archives re. access.

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A list of volumes is available. A searchable index to the first volume: List of Paupers in Poor House of 1802-1811 (102-33A.1) is available below.

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St. Paul's Church Archives have a list of deaths at the Poors' Asylum, 1785-1787, created by the Keeper of the Poor House.

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