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.

June 17, 2019 – General Meeting

Dave Obee, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the Victoria Times Colonist, Journalist and Genealogical Researcher

“A Fresh Light on Old Newspapers”

Researching in old newspapers no longer means sitting at a microfilm reader for hours on end, winding through a seemingly endless string of news stories and advertisements. Today, the results we seek could be a matter of minutes away, thanks to the many digitization projects that have placed millions of newspaper pages on the Internet. But what are the pitfalls? This presentation takes you through the digitization process, from hard copy to your computer screen. It is designed to help you achieve the best results from your work. Dave says he has found good stuff of late, and it is stuff that fills in the gaps on the genealogical sources.

(From 6:00pm – 7:00pm we are open for members and guests who wish to do research and/or participate in our round table sessions.)

Do you know a K.E. Ross (nee Boyle)?

The Nanaimo Family History Society (NFHS) received a collection of pictures and memorabilia and would like to return them to their rightful owner.   If you know a K.E. Ross (nee Boyle) please contact the NFHS so arrangements can be made to return them.  info@nanaimofamilyhistory.ca

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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