World Archives Project: U.S. Department of the Interior Decisions on Pensions and Bounty-Land Claims, 1886-1930

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Decisions of the Department of the Interior in Appealed Pension and Bounty-land Claims. Volumes are broken out by date.

This collection of decisions by the Department of the Interior was compiled to help establish a line of consistent precedents and rulings in regards to pension claims. The collection consists of selected cases, and does not represent all cases submitted to the Department for the given time period.


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Case Page

Case Page

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This form type is for the body of the book and contains case information. This includes:A header area that includes the subject of the claim (in all caps), the claimant's name, and an address from the Assistant Secretary to the Commissioner of Pensions, which includes the date of decision (in italics). Following this header area there may be several paragraphs to several pages of text, providing information on the claimant, the case, and the decision.

Page Number

Capture the page number as listed in the top or bottom corners of the page.
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Claim Subject

The claim subject is found in all caps in the header area of the claim. Key the entire subject, including the punctuation, but with appropriate casing (that means not in all caps). If a dash (-) is included in the subject, enter a space before and after the dash, except when being used to hyphenate words (see examples below).Examples of subjects: Accrued Pension - Act of March 1, 1889 Widow's Accrued Pension Service - Honorable Discharge - Dismissal Certificate of Disability - Rebutting Evidence Non-Enlisted Men - Commencement of Pension
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name of the claimant, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided dictionary if for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the claimant from the header of the case. If the claimant is also the soldier, key the soldier's name here as the claimant, and leave the soldier name fields blank.If the claimants are the children, heirs, minors, etc. of a specific person, enter the name of the person as the claimant. For example, if the header says "Heirs of Margaret Teed", key "Margaret Teed" as the claimant. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Surname

Key the surname of the claimant from the header of the case. If the claimant is also the soldier, key the soldier's name here as the claimant, and leave the soldier name fields blank.If the claimants are the children, heirs, minors, etc. of a specific person, enter the name of the person as the claimant. For example, if the header says "Heirs of Margaret Teed", key "Margaret Teed" as the claimant. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the claimant, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the word "nee". Key the first name or initial and any middle names of a claimant's alias, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If an alias given name does not appear in the dictionary then key the alias given name as seen.
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Alias Surname

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name. Key any Alias Surname of the claimant which appears.
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Decision Month

Key the Decision Date from the header area of the claim. The date will usually be printed in italics and may come after the word "Decided" or words such as, "Assistant Secretary Bussey to the Commissioner of Pensions".Key the month portion of the date. Key the name of the month in full, even if written numerically or abbreviated on the image.
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Decision Day

Key the Decision Date from the header area of the claim. The date will usually be printed in italics and may come after the word "Decided" or words such as, "Assistant Secretary Bussey to the Commissioner of Pensions".Enter the day portion of the date. Key as seen.
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Decision Year

Key the Decision Date from the header area of the claim. The date will usually be printed in italics and may come after the word "Decided" or words such as, "Assistant Secretary Bussey to the Commissioner of Pensions".Key the year portion of the date. Years should be printed as four-digits, but in the case that they are printed as two-digits, please expand to four-digits. The year range of this collection is 1886-1930.
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State Residence

Key the State of Residence from the body of the text below the header. If the text doesn't specifically mention a residence, key the state from the military unit. If no state is given as part of the military unit, then leave this field blank. Key as seen.
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Death Month

Key the death date of the claimant from the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank. If the claimant is the soldier, enter the death date here and do not key anything in the soldier death date fields.Key the name of the month in full, even if written numerically or abbreviated on the page.
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Death Day

Key the death date of the claimant from the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank. If the claimant is the soldier, enter the death date here and do not key anything in the soldier death date fields.
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Death Year

Key the death date of the claimant from the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank. If the claimant is the soldier, enter the death date here and do not key anything in the soldier death date fields.Years should be printed as four-digits, but in the case they are printed as two-digits, please expand to four-digits. The year range of this collection is 1886-1930.
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Soldier Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the soldier, if the soldier is NOT the claimant. If the soldier IS the claimant, then enter the soldier's name in the claimant name fields and leave this field blank.Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. If given, the name of the soldier will be found in the body of text below the header. If the soldier's name is not listed in the text appearing on the same page as the header, then leave this field as blank.
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Soldier Surname

Key the surname of the soldier,  if the soldier is NOT the claimant. If the soldier IS the claimant, then enter the soldier's name in the claimant name fields and leave this field blank.Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen. If given, the name of the soldier will be found in the body of text below the header. If the soldier's name is not listed in the text appearing on the same page as the header, then leave this field as blank.
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Relationship

If a soldier name is keyed in the soldier name field, enter the relationship of the soldier to the claimant. If the soldier IS the claimant, enter "Self" into this field.
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Soldier Death Month

Key the death date of the soldier if the solider is not the claimant. If the soldier is the claimant, the death date should have been recorded in the claimant death date fields.When present, the death date can be found in the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank.Key the name of the month in full, even if written numerically or abbreviated on the page.
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Soldier Death Day

Key the death date of the soldier if the solider is not the claimant. If the soldier is the claimant, the death date should have been recorded in the claimant death date fields.When present, the death date can be found in the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank.
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Soldier Death Year

Key the death date of the soldier if the solider is not the claimant. If the soldier is the claimant, the death date should have been recorded in the claimant death date fields.When present, the death date can be found in the body of the text that appears below the header. If the death date does not appear in the body of text found on the same page as the header, then just leave this field as blank.Years should be printed as four-digits, but in the case they are printed as two-digits, please expand to four-digits. The year range of this collection is 1886-1930.
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Unit

Key the military unit(s) of the soldier as seen in the body of the text below the header. If multiple military units are given, key all of them in the same field, separated with a semi-colon. For example, if the text says, "William H. Rodecker, who served during the Civil War, first as a private in Company H, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry, next as a sergeant of Company B, First Mississippi Marine Cavalry, and later as first lieutenant of Company H, Fifty-seventh United States Colored Infantry...", then you would key the unit as, "Company H, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry; Company B, First Mississippi Marine Cavalry; Company H, Fifty-seventh United States Colored Infantry".
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Rank

Key the military rank(s) of the soldier as seen in the body of the text below the header. If multiple military ranks are given, key all of them in the same field, separated with a semi-colon. For example, if the text says, "William H. Rodecker, who served during the Civil War, first as a private in Company H, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry, next as a sergeant of Company B, First Mississippi Marine Cavalry, and later as first lieutenant of Company H, Fifty-seventh United States Colored Infantry...", then you would key the rank as, "private; sergeant; first lieutenant".
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