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Secondary Sources of Information

Further access to secondary sources of information may be provided by the following collections and finding aids:


The Public Archives and Records Office has a collection of provincial and/or city directories dating from 1864. These are somewhat sporadic in nature, with approximately a ten year interval between volumes, e.g. 1864, 1870-71, 1880, 1889, etc. They generally give an alphabetical listing of residents by locality, with an indication of their occupation. In the case of Charlottetown and Summerside, they may also give a listing by street address. Business directories may also be useful in placing someone in a specific location at a specific date.

Compiled Family Files

This collection contains a series of bound genealogies and a series of family files. The latter consists of file folders of loose materials comprised of genealogical notes, pedigree charts, family group sheets, newspaper clippings, correspondence, etc. Documents in both series have been compiled and contributed by genealogical researchers and we cannot verify their accuracy. However it is possible that they may provide useful clues for your research.


This is a computer data base to names and addresses of persons doing research on individual surnames and who are willing to be contacted by other genealogical researchers with a similar interest. Print-outs can be requested and will be available the following day.

Community and Church Histories

A large part of a community's history revolves around the individuals and families who live there. Consequently most community histories contain sections devoted to the genealogies of the local families. Even if they do not, there is always information about individuals in the community whether it be the local schoolteacher, postmaster, blacksmith, pastor or farmer. As the church was more often than not the center of the social as well as the religious life of the community, church histories may provide clues to extend your research. Both provide a setting for your ancestors which gives them a reality beyond names and dates.

Genealogical Research from a distance

Out of province genealogists can have access to some Prince Edward Island genealogical materials through microfilm. Census records are available from the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa and newspapers from the National Library of Canada, through your local library's inter-library loan system. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) have several microfilmed collections of Prince Edward Island records including Phase 1 of the Master Name Index, index to pre-1886 church baptismal records, and some land, probate, and church records. Complete sets of the Master Name Index microfilm are available at the Eptek National Exhibition Centre in Summerside, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, Montreal Central Library, and the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Contact your local public library and/or Mormon Family History Centre for more details.

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