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Court Records

Georgetown Court House, ca. 1890 (Acc2320/2-16)
Georgetown Court House, ca. 1890 (Acc2320/2-16)
PARO has an extensive collection of records from various Prince Edward Island courts 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 include the following:

Probate Records: Wills and administrations from 1807 - 1920 may contain family names and clarify family relationships. They are also useful for documenting pre-1939 land transfers. PARO holds only the microfilmed Register of Wills. Original wills, administrations and records later than 1920 are held at the Estates Section of the Sir Louis Henry Davies Law Courts, 42 Water Street, P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown, P.E.I. C1A 7N8 (902-368-6000).

Supreme Court Records: PARO has a large collection of Supreme Court documents from 1787 - 1958 including minute books and case papers. Dealing with civil and criminal matters, the quality and quantity of the latter category varies considerably, but these records may establish date of residence in a particular locality as well as further detail of your ancestor's life.

Inquests: These records document inquests held into deaths resulting from unusual circumstances and date from 1789 - 1969 (with gaps). The amount of documentation varies, 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 of family members. Up to 1850 all names included in the case files, including those of the jurors, are indexed in the Master Name Index.

Adoption Records: These records are restricted because of the personal information contained therein. Application for access must be made through Adoption Services, 161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown, C1A 5P7 (902-368-6511).


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