Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888 .
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|Prince Edward Island, Canada|
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|Location of Prince Edward Island, Canada|
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|Division of Vital Statistics- Charlottestown|
- 1 What is in this Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in this Collection?
This collection contains images to marriage records, as well as an index. It covers records from 1832 to 1888.
Dates in these indexes correspond to dates of marriages, and marriage records are arranged by date of registration, so the dates of the indexes and the marriage records do not always match. The handwritten indexes are also alphabetized by first letter of the surname only. In some indexes, the "Mc" and "Mac" names are indexed by the first letter after "Mc" or "Mac". The records include marriage records that have been taken from newspapers, church records and other sources. The information is handwritten on a printed form. There are two to three records per page.
Marriages took place in churches and before Justices of the Peace. The government of Prince Edward Island did not make the recording of marriages mandatory until 1886. 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 the marriages that took place in Prince Edward Island before the recording of marriages became mandatory in 1886.
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888.|
What Can these Records Tell Me?
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Marital status of groom
- Marital status of bride
- Names of witnesses
- Name of officiant at ceremony
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.
- Select Record Type and Years
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888. Click on camera icon to see images.|
What Do I Do Next?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
- Use the information to find additional family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French or Latin versions.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Prince Edward Island, Canada Genealogy.
- Search in the Prince Edward Island Archives and Libraries.
- Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog
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.
- "Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.
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