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Record Description

This collection covers records from 1721 to 1905

These records include images of index cards. This information comes from various sources, newspapers, cemeteries, churches, etc.

This collection is made up of index cards with an individual’s name typed onto the card. There is one card per death 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.

The government of Prince Edward Island did not make the recording of deaths mandatory until 1906. This collection was created from newspapers, church records, and other sources. The information given is limited and the source of the information is not always clear or provided. The card index was prepared by the Prince Edward Island Division of Vital Statistics.

These records were created to provide information on deaths and burials in Prince Edward Island before the recording of deaths became mandatory.

These records are generally reliable. The information was gathered from newspapers and other various sources the records are as reliable as the source.

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

Record Content

Records usually contain the following information.

  • Full name and age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Baptismal date
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name of church holding record which includes book and page number
  • Sometimes, place of birth
  • Sometimes, name of spouse

How to Use the Records

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

  • Last name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of death

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Beginning Surname - 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. 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.

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

When you have located your ancestor’s death 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.

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 place of burial to identify former residences and to help establish a migration pattern for the family.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile death entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families.
  • Continue to search the death records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were buried in the same county or nearby.

General Information About This Collection

The index cards in this collection are arranged alphabetically by an individual’s surname. Compare the information in the death record with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person.

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Don't overlook FHL Place Canada, Prince Edward Island items or FHL Keyword Prince Edward Island items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Prince Edward Island Archives and Libraries.

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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 Death Card Index, 1721-1905" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.


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