Prince Edward Island Gazetteers

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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

  • Gazetteer of Canada, Prince Edward Island Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, Gazetteer of Canada, Prince Edward Island, Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, c1960 (1965 printing)
  • Acadianna, Acadia, then and now Peter Gallant Berlo, Acadianna, Acadia, Then and Now, [San Diego, California] : Peter W. Berlo, c1989
  • McAlpine's maritime and Newfoundland gazetteer for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island ... McAlpine's maritime and Newfoundland gazetteer for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island ... : containing general information of the latest date, an historical sketch of each town and the pricipal cities, with all towns, villages, settlements, railway stations, post offices, light houses, money, order, telephone and telegraph offices, banks, express offices, etc., etc., Saint John, New Brunswick : Reproduction Systems, 1971

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a country with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)