The Herald, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:
Vital Statistics, Oct. 1864 to Oct. 1871
Compiled and Indexed By Dan MacDonald
A compilation of vital statistics that appeared in the Herald, a weekly newspaper published at Charlottetown, PEI, between 12 October 1864 and 25 October 1871.
The following information and sample files are included here for the reference of anyone interested in purchasing the book. Hopefully, this will answer any questions regarding the types of data included in the book, the format in which it is presented, and the names involved. Unfortunately, I do not have time to do look-ups from the book.
The book is laser printed, 8.5x11 inches in size, with laminated covers. It is Cerlox bound (plastic comb binding).
The book consists of 925 separate articles, the majority of which are birth, marriage, and death announcements. As well, there are a variety of other reports, from obituaries and coroner's inquiries to shipping news and supreme court trials. All articles (with one exception) have been transcribed in their entirety, and even the original spelling and grammar has been maintained. Events that were reported on in more than one issue have been cross-referenced by date of publication.
There were two criteria used in selecting the material for this book.
- All Birth, Marriage, and Death announcements, without exception, were transcribed. Naturally, such announcements would appear grouped together in one section of the paper under the headings of BIRTH, MARRIED, and/or DIED.
- Any other article that recorded births, marriages, or deaths of (a) resident Islanders, (b) former Island residents living or working elsewhere, and (c) relatives of Island residents, were transcribed.
To meet the second condition, there had to be a direct connection to Prince Edward Island. If that connection did not exist, the article was not included in the book. Thus, a story relating the death of a man in California, who is specifically identified as a former Island resident, would be transcribed. A story about a fatal fire in Kansas, where the deceased have no connection to PEI, would not be transcribed. Since my intention was to compile Island records for Island researchers, I believe these omissions are acceptable.
Complementing the 150 pages of data is an index of the almost 1900 personal names that appear throughout the book. It is a nominal index only, and therefore does not list place names, company names, or other details. Each unique name is noted separately, using the spelling that appeared in the original articles. In some cases, name and spelling variants have been grouped together. As well, where both were known through the information provided in the articles, married women were indexed by both their maiden and married names.
Please note that the book consists only of data published in the Herald between its inaugural issue of 12 October 1864 and 25 October 1871. Within these dates, there are several gaps of missing issues, some large. The dates of the missing issues are as follows:
- 4 January 1865 to 4 October 1865, inclusive.
- 16 October 1867.
- 11 December 1867.
- 15 July 1868.
- 7 October 1868 to 30 December 1868, inclusive.
- 1869 - the entire year is missing.
- 5 January 1870 to 26 October 1870, inclusive.
A copy of the index can be viewed here. Please note that this version does not contain any page numbers nor does it cross-reference name or spelling variants.
Copies of the book are now available. The price is $40 Canadian, shipping and handling included, for orders placed within Canada and the United States. The price for delivery outside Canada or the USA will vary depending on shipping costs - International customers are asked to contact me prior to placing an order. Payment can be made by cheque, international money order or, for Canadian and US customers only, by using the online ordering options available below. All orders must be pre-paid in full.
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