Prince Edward Island Marriages - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the Prince Edward Island Guided Research page.

Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources


Online Images (Browsable Only)

Some collections have not been indexed but are available to browse image by image.

  • 1777-1985: Prince Edward Island Church Records at FamilySearch Historical Records FS blue question mark.jpg Click the question mark for instructions for how to search Historical Records browsable images when there is no index.





Substitute records

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Additional Records with Marriage Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these additional records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Newspapers Announcements
See Wiki page
Wedding announcements and golden anniversaries often appear in newspapers.
Church Records
See Wiki page
May list maiden name of spouse as well as date and place of marriage
Obituaries
See Wiki article
Obituaries include death information. More recent obituaries may also include the name of a surviving spouse and the date and place of the marriage.
Death Records
Prince Edward Island Death Guided Research
Death records may include the name of the spouse and whether the deceased was married, widowed, or divorced. Click on the link to the left to return to the Death page.
Census Records
Canada Census FS Collections
Prince Edward Island can be found in Canada censuses from 1861 to 1921 (except 1871). Census records may list the name and marital status of everyone in the household; however, relationships are not listed until 1891.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding marriages

Successfully finding marriage records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name by leaving out the last name.
  • Search for bride. Search by the bride’s name rather than the groom’s name.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate year of marriage or the county the marriage took place in.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search province. Search using the province name only instead of by smaller locality.




Why the record may not exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1787 Marriage licenses began but were not complete.
  • 1813-1824 Marriage licenses were lost.
  • 1831-1919 Second series of marriage licenses were kept.
  • 1849-1902 Marriage bonds were kept
  • 1906 Civil registration began.
  • 1920 Universal compliance achieved by 1920.









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