CanGenealogy Canadian Genealogy Prince Edward Island
This Maritime province has had a couple of other names over the years – including Ile St-Jean when it was under French control, and Island of St. John when the English got it. It was given its present name in 1800, in honour of one of the sons of George III. Prince Edward Island was briefly part of Nova Scotia. It joined confederation in 1873.

See also P.E.I. newspapers | P.E.I. directories

Census records in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island 1841, 1881, 1891, 1901 Census
This searchable index contains information for all those identified as heads of households or those in the household having a different surname from the head of the household.

1861: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1881: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1891: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1901: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1911: Library and Archives Canada | FamilySearch
Automated Genealogy | | FindMyPast | MyHeritage

1921: Library and Archives Canada | | MyHeritage

1931: Library and Archives Canada | Ancestry

Birth, marriage and death records in Prince Edward Island

Baptism Card Index 1721-1885
On the FamilySearch site.

Prince Edward Island Baptismal Index
The database contains more than 93,000 records which span the years 1777 to 1923.

Marriage Registers 1832-1888
On the FamilySearch site.

Death Card Index 1721-1905
On the FamilySearch site.

Find a Grave Prince Edward Island cemeteries
A great finding aid by Bruce Gordon makes searching for burials much easier.

Billion Graves
International cemetery site includes Prince Edward Island.

Canadian Headstones
A national cemetery site.

Church Registers 1777-1985
On the FamilySearch site.

An Index to Some Prince Edward Island Cemeteries
An index to 14,500 burials in 17 cemeteries. From Hugh Armstrong's Genealogy Site.

Churches and Cemeteries of Prince Edward Island
Includes Central United Cemetery, Little Sands Cemetery, Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Wood Island Pioneer Cemetery, Wood Islands Cemetery.

Prince Edward Island Cemeteries
On the Island Register website.

Geography and land records

Aerial Photographs
Get a sense of the evolution of your community of interest.

Island Imagined
Historic maps of Prince Edward Island.

Other sites for genealogy in Prince Edward Island

List of digitized newspapers
Includes newspapers from a variety of sources.

The Island Register
A tremendous resource, with hints and suggestions for people researching in Prince Edward Island, as well as the histories of many pioneer Island families.

Canadian City and Area Directories 1819-1906

Prince Edward Island GenWeb Project
The Prince Edward Island Provincial page of the Canadian GenWeb Project.

Trace your roots on the Island
Official Prince Edward Island government tourism site. Cemeteries, census data, passenger lists, etc.

Archives and libraries in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Archives
Information about the Public Archives and Records Office, genealogical research (includes census records , births, marriages, deaths, land records), and tracing your family history.

Public Archives Guide to Tracing Your Family History in PEI
This guide offers some basic tips to help you get started and point you towards sources for your PEI research.

Genealogy at the Public Archives
The Public Archives and Records Office has a large collection of genealogical material including primary sources, finding aids, and indexes.

Island Archives
The University of Prince Edward Island's comprehensive digitization work.

Genealogical societies in Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society
The society has published transcripts of cemetery information, and books on English, Irish and Scottish emigrants to the Island. The 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses are available in both disk and paper form.

Nation-wide sites worth checking

Library and Archives Canada (Free)
A huge amount of information, including census, immigration and military information. A key resource for all Canadian genealogists.

FamilySearch (Free)
From the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Includes an index to several censuses, civil registration extracts, a guide to the library catalog, submitted and extracted records, and more.

Canadiana (Free)
Quick access to about millions of documents held in Canadian libraries, museums and archives, compiled into one resource for convenient searching. This site has many resources not found elsewhwere. (Commercial)
Ancestry has an extensive collection drawn from census indexes, immigration sources, and other material from different provinces.

FindMyPast (Commercial)
A collection of sources that is still being developed. FindMyPast includes census indexes, birth indexes, and many scanned books, as well as newspapers.

MyHeritage (Commercial)
The Canadian arm of a site known for its strong European material. It includes the major resources found on other sites.

Automated Genealogy (Free)
Includes free indexes to the 1851/2, 1901, 1906 and 1911 censuses.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online (Free)
Notable people who died before 1930.

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