Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885 .
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|Prince Edward Island, Canada|
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|Location of Prince Edward Island, Canada|
|Record Type||Baptism Index|
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|Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office- Division of Vital Statistics|
What is in this Collection?
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.
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 Do I Search the Collection?
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.
See Images, in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
Once you've reached the browse page, follow these instructions to get to the images: ⇒Select the appropriate "Beginning Surname to Ending Surname," which will take you to the images
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.
What do I do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?
- 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.
- 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?
- 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.
- Don't forget about using spelling variations of names and nicknames to try to find your ancestor!
Citing This Collection
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- "Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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