Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Prince Edward Island,  Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Baptism Index
Collection years 1721-1885
Languages English
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Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office- Division of Vital Statistics


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index of baptism and birth records from 1721 to 1885.

This collection provides an index of church records of baptisms and births. The baptism card index was created to provide vital record information for the time period during which the government did not record such information on Prince Edward Island. This index is made up of index cards with an individual’s name typed onto the card. Before 1906, there was no systematic recording of births, deaths, and marriages on Prince Edward Island. The Vital Statistics Services created this index of baptism records from the church baptism records in the region. The earliest records date from 1721, but the majority date from 1830 onward.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Baptismal records usually contain the following information:

  • Full name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Church holding the record, including book and page number
  • Name of officiating clergy

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Beginning Surname to Ending Surname


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office- Division of Vital Statistics page.
  • To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log. FamilySearch has an example example research log which you can download.
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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