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Court Records

The Public Archives and Records Office has an extensive collection of records from the various courts in Prince Edward Island dating from the 1790s to the 1950s. Although in some cases the genealogical information contained therein is marginal these records may serve to paint a broader picture of the circumstances of your ancestors' lives. The most useful of these to date are the following:

  • Probate records: Wills and administrations from 1807-1920, useful for documenting land transfers, may also contain family names and spell out family relationships. Records later than 1920 are held at the Estates Division, Sir Louis Henry Davies Law Courts, 42 Water Street, P.O. Box 2290, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 8C1.

  • Supreme Court and Chancery Court records: PARO has a large collection of documents from these courts from 1787-1958 including minute books and case papers. The quality and quantity of the latter category varies considerably but these records may establish date of residence in a particular locality.

  • Inquests: This collection of papers documenting inquests held into deaths under unusual circumstances dates from 1789 to 1935. The amount of documentation varies from case to case but there is usually a report of the coroner's jury convened to conduct the inquest. They may be useful in providing relationships as well as locations. Up to 1850, all names included in the case files, including those of the jurors, are indexed in the Master Name Index.
  • Adoption records are restricted because of the confidentiality of the information contained therein. Application for access must be made through Adoption Services, Department of Health and Social Services Agency, 16 Garfield Street P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown, P.E.I., C1A 7N8.

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