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Record Description

This collection contains 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. There is one card per baptism record. They are arranged alphabetically by family name. On some of the records the ink has faded or the image was blurred when the photo was taken, although almost all the records are legible.

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 onwards.

These records are generally reliable, although because the index cards were transcribed from other documents, some transcription errors may exist.

For an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Record Content

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

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Last name of child
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Names of parents

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

To search the collection by image:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Beginning Surname to Ending Surname," which will take you to the images

Search the collection by image, comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them.

As you are searching, it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

When you have located your ancestor’s baptism record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Compare the information in the baptism record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person.

For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents’ birthplaces to identify former residences and to help establish a migration pattern for the family.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If the surname is unusual, you may want to find birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published on Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885.


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