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Prince Edward Island Church Records, 1777-1985
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Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1777-1985
Languages English
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Multiple Parishes on Prince Edward Island


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes church records for the years 1777-1985. This collection contains baptisms, marriages, burials and other records from several churches from the following denominations:

  • Anglican Church of Canada
  • Catholic
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of England in Canada
  • Church of Scotland
  • Free Church
  • Methodist
  • Presbyterian
  • United Church of Canada

The Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church kept more detailed records than some other religions. Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, and other groups, especially those that did not baptize infants, often did not keep church registers unless required by law. You can find a person’s religious affiliation in Canadian censuses beginning in 1851. Early French Catholic records are usually quite detailed, but Protestant marriage records and civil records often give little information about the parents of the couple until mid-19th century. In Upper Canada the names of the bride’s and the groom’s parents began to be recorded in the county marriage registers in 1858.


To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Prince Edward Island Church Records, 1777-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Date and place of baptism
  • By whom baptized
  • Name of father and his occupation
  • Maiden name of mother

Confirmation

  • Name of ancestor
  • Age
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date of confirmation

Marriage

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Residence of groom
  • Residence of bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Date of birth
  • Date of funeral
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of officiating minister

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Prince Edward Island.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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