Welcome to the website of the Nanaimo Family History Society. Our society was formed in 1981 and is one of the oldest family history societies in British Columbia.

Our society strives to create a friendly atmosphere where people interested in genealogical research and family history, not only in Nanaimo, but also across Canada and around the world can come together. We promote, foster and encourage members to learn the principles, methods and effective techniques of genealogical research. We also collect, preserve, display and share information that may lead to a greater understanding of genealogy.

Our meetings are held on the third Monday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00 p.m. in the Beban Park Social Centre, Rooms 7 and 8, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our site.

Meet My Ancestor Contest 2016 – Winner

A contest for members of NFHS to write an article about their ancestors

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Nanaimo Obituaries

Index of obituaries from Nanaimo newspapers from late 1998 to December, 2004

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Passenger Lists

Index of passenger arrivals at Quebec Ports from July 3, 1903 to October 13, 1910

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Honourary Members

Enid Lighthart (R) and Jocelyn Howat (L) were both presented with Honourary Memberships by the Nanaimo Family History Society Executive Committee for their years of dedicated service.  

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April 10, 2017 - General Meeting

Beban Park Social Centre, Rooms 7 & 8, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

Dave Obee
Crowdsourcing in Family Research
Are you stuck?  Get help from others - sometimes, in surprising ways.  The word "crowdsourcing" might be new, but the concept has been around for decades.  It is all about drawing from the work of other people, including those who were gathering information or jotting down observations a century or more ago.  The internet makes this easier than ever before, but you will need to look beyond basic genealogical sources. 

(open for member research from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)