Prince Edward Island Newspapers

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Resources for Prince Edward Island Newspapers

Libraries and Archives

Public Archives and Records Office (PARO)
Hon. George Coles Building, 4th floor
175 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7M4
Telephone: (902)368-4290

There are many newspapers here and at the:

Robertson Library
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4P3
Information/Reference Desk: (902)566-0696

Prince Edward Island Newspaper Repositories[2]

Although early newspapers recorded little vital information, later ones often contained excellent obituaries, marriage notices, and biographies of important persons. Small town newspapers tend to provide information regarding a person’s life, especially in obituaries. The Public Archives and Records of Prince Edward Island has a collection of island newspaper references from 1787 to 1874, which include birth, marriage, and death notices.

Newspaper Directories

Boylan, Heather. Checklist and Historical Directory of Prince Edward Island Newspapers, 1787–1986. (FHL book 971.7 B33b.) It contains dates of publication and locations of newspapers. The directory is indexed chronologically and geographically.

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

The digitization of the Island's primary newspaper,The Guardian, from the 1890's to 1950 is currently underway. Information about the digitization is available at Island Newspapers


Prince Edward Island Unpublished Indexes

Some newspaper indexing has been done, and these names are included in the Master Name Index at the provincial archives. There are newspaper references in the ‘deaths before 1906’ file at PARO also.

There is a list of indexed newspapers in Orlo Jones’Family history in Prince Edward Island: a genealogical research guide (Charlottetown: Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1981), which must now be considered somewhat out of date.

There are also unpublished indexes at the
Confederation Centre Public Library
P.O. Box 7000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 8G8
Telephone: 902-368-4642



  1. 1.0 1.1 Taylor, Ryan, "Canada Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),
  2. Taylor, Ryan, "Obtaining Canada Newspaper Resources (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),