Prince Edward Island Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Prince Edward Island Church Records, 1777-1985 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Prince Edward Island,  Canada
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Location of Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1777-1985
Languages English
Title in the Language
FamilySearch Resources
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Various Parishes on Prince Edward Island


What is in this Collection?

This collection will include records for the years 1777-1985.

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

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.

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

Please note that 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.

Sample Images

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

Confirmation records may contain the following information:

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

Marriage records may contain the following information:

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

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Date of birth
  • Date of funeral
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of officiating minister

How Do I Search the Collection?

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 “County”
⇒Select the appropriate “City/Town”
⇒Select the appropriate “Denomination/Parish”
⇒Select the appropriate “Record Type and Year Range” category, which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one, 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.

What do I do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • 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.
  • People sometimes went by nicknames or translated names from French to English.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Parishes, Prince Edward Island.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985.

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