Pension claims case files and other material

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  • 1917-1976 (Creation)

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44 m of textual records

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Pension claims files were transferred to the Canadian Pension Commission when the Halifax Relief Commission was dissolved in 1976. They were then transferred to the archives in 1983 by the pension commission.

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Series forms part of the Halifax Relief Commission fonds and consists of records documenting restitution to victims of personal injury or death following the 1917 explosion. Series includes claims files containing registration forms indicating the names of victims in the household, as well as their age, previous and present address, occupation, place of birth, race, children and their ages, financial resources, name of church or other organization to which the family belongs, and list of relatives. Files also contain claims investigator's notes, volunteer visitors' reports, and relief order forms indicating items provided to individual victims and the monetary value of items. The majority of claims files are arranged by claim number and are accessible by alphabetical file card index. Three volumes (MG 36 vols. 185-187) are unnumbered and arranged alphabetically by surname. Series also contains correspondence relating to pension and medical issues and pension policies; attestation forms pertaining to disabilities and widow status; accounts; registers; widows' statements; lists of pensioners and widows; statistics; and reports and statements of the Blind Relief Committee, Medical Relief Committee, and Medical Social Service Department.

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File list available. Two file card indexes also available, one arranged by surname and the other by street name

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Retrieval Code: MG 36, Series "P" vols. 1-279 (use mfm 15,147-15,155).

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