Prince Edward Island Death Card Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905 .
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Prince Edward Island,  Canada
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Location of Prince Edward Island, Canada
Record Description
Record Type Deaths Index
Collection years 1721-1905
Languages English
Title in the Language
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Related Websites
Division of Vital Statistics- Charlottestown

What is in this Collection?

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

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.

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

Sample Images

Death 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 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 - 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.

What do I do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Don't forget to carefully evaluate each piece of information about your ancestor from this record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.

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 Death Card Index, 1721-1905.

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