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Finding Ancestors on Ships Passenger Lists to Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island was first settled around Charlottetown Harbour (Port La Joie), up the Hillsborough River and in St. Peters. There were also early residents at Tracadie, in the Orwell area and perhaps at South Lake. However, settlement along most of the North Shore was discouraged because of obstructions which have been a problem for large ships throughout the Island's history. The first French settlement was begun at Port La Joie in 1720. The main settlement during the next two decades was the fishing port of St. Peters.

In August 1755 the Acadian settlers were expelled from the Bay of Fundy by the British. Many came to PEI (Prince Edward Island) but in 1758 the British deported French settlers on PEI.

From 1770 to 1775 Captain John MacDonald of Glenalladale brought over several hundred Scottish Highlanders who established farmsteads around both sites of Tracadie Bay. In the early 1770's the east shore of Malpeque Bay were settled by Protestant Scottish Lowlanders.

In 1773, 120 settlers came to the New London area; they were also Protestants - Lowland Scots and English. In the Covehead area, a number of Protestant families settled in 1775 to 1780. The largest single emigrant group, 800 Highland Scots, were brought to the Belfast area by the Earl of Selkirk in 1803.

Beginning in the 1830's Irish Roman Catholics immigrated to the Island from northern Ireland, particularly County Monaghan.


How to Find Ancestors on Ships Passenger Lists to Prince Edward Island

1. Search online ships passenger lists. The best sites for these early Newfoundland ships passenger lists are:

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