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Sending Reference Inquiries
This service is provided for researchers who live outside Prince Edward Island and are unable to visit the Archives. For local researchers we provide an on-site reference service.

Owing to the large volume of inquiries received, we cannot undertake extensive research or fill in blanks in family group sheets and genealogical charts. However, if you have specific questions about a particular subject or individual, we will be pleased to attempt to answer them. Because of the large number of reference inquiries received we are unable to answer multiple or follow-up inquiries. If more comprehensive or on-going research is desired, a list of private researchers available on a fee-for service basis is available on request.

When sending an inquiry to the Public Archives and Records Office (PARO) note the following:

  • Write a clear and concise letter.
  • If this is a genealogical inquiry identify the individual you are attempting to trace: full name, approximate birth and death dates, place of residence, religion, names of parents, siblings, spouse, children, etc.
  • Ask a specific question? What exactly do you want to know?
  • Mention sources you have already consulted so that we do not duplicate your research or recommend the same sources.
  • Mention any previous correspondence you have had with us.
  • The Public Archives and Records Office holds records only for Prince Edward Island.
  • Information regarding births, marriages and deaths after 1906 must be obtained from the Division of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 3000, Montague, PEI, C0A 1R0. PARO does not issue birth, marriage or death certificates.
  • Research inquiries are handled in the order received. No priority is given to FAX or e-mail inquiries.
During some times of the year volume may result in delayed responses.

As there is no charge for conducting searches, it is not necessary to submit any payment, return envelope, or reply coupons. If you require copies of documents, we will invoice you for the charges.

You may submit your inquiry by mail (Public Archives and Records Office, P.O.Box 1000, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N1) e-mail ( or fax (902-368-6327). Even if contacting us by e-mail or FAX you must include your mailing address as most responses have enclosures.

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