Islander and summer resident Leland Currie has released “Century of Immigration, Marriage and Death Records from Prince Edward Island Newspapers 1780 – 1900”.
This book on CD contains over 2,200 pages in .pdf format. It is searchable on PC or Mac. The CD contains transcriptions of marriage announcements, death notices, obituaries, inquest reports and news items from over a century of Prince Edward Island newspapers. The book was collected and transcribed from nearly the entire microfilm collection of Island newspapers at the National Archives of Canada during that century and is the largest collection of this kind available today.
The book is the work of one person and took over five years of collecting and transcribing. It contains search tips and a complete listing of the newspapers and date ranges transcribed.
Transcriptions are source referenced and the CD is believed to contain over 90,000 newspaper citations. It also contains translations of Tignish’s L’Impartial and many on-line newspapers.
It is available at Indigo on University Ave. in Charlottetown and MacNaught History Centre and Archives 75 Spring St., Summerside. It is also available by mail from Leland contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Currie is known to Islanders through his frequent contributions to RED magazine, his years as a student at SDU/UPEI and as a summer resident in Cape Wolfe. His current project is on the Early Settlers of Lot 7, and he welcomes any information on these early settlement families.