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Image Visibility

There are a few images which are totally unreadable, specifically the first 25 relating to the Births and Baptisms for Church of Scotland, Canoe Cove, Cape Traverse, DeSable in Kings, Queens, Prince Edward Island.

Record Description

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

For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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

"Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These birth records may contain the following information:

  • 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

These confirmation records may contain the following information:

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


These marriage records may contain the following information:

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

These death records may contain the following information:

  • Full name and age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Date of birth
  • Date of funeral
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of officiating minister

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Ancestor's Religion
  • An approximate year when your ancestor married, died, or immigrated, or when he or she would have been recorded in records, such as a census.

Search the Collection

Browsing the Images

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the “County” category
⇒Select the “City/Town” category
⇒Select the “Name of Denomination/Parish” category
⇒Select the “Record Type and Year Range” category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

The information that you have found is very reliable. This collection can help you with the following:

  • If you have a baptism record, the record could reveal your ancestor's parents names and their residence at the time of your ancestor's baptism.
  • Using the residence can help you with researching the census collections
  • Marriage records can provide the maiden name of the bride. They sometimes will reveal the parents names, but not often.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for brothers, sisters, uncles, and aunts. Often previous research on relatives gives information or clues about your ancestor as well, including where he or she lived.
  • If you don't find the person in the index, keep trying. People did not always spell names correctly. People sometimes went by nicknames or translated names from French to English, for example.
  • It's hard to index every name on a page, especially with unusual names. Try another index, if one exists. Different indexers have different levels of training and experience.

General Information About These Records

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.

Children were generally christened within a few days of birth. Christening registers usually give the infant’s and parents’ names, names of godparents or witnesses, and the christening date. You may also find the child’s birth date, father’s occupation, and the family’s place of residence. Death information has sometimes been added as a note.

Burials were recorded in the church record of the parish where the person was buried. The burial was usually a day or two after the death in the parish where the person died. However, many burials were not conducted by clergy and were not recorded by the church.

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection


“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.


 

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