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.

Nanaimo Heritage Days - 2017

With the guidance of Wilfred Phillips and additional help from members of Nanaimo Family History Society, a booth was set up at Maffeo Sutton Park to honour Heritage Days. It was a great success with the public enjoying the information provided by our society.

Thank you to all who gave their time for this event. 

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On February 20th, 2017 Enid Lighthart and Jocelyn Howat were presented with Honorary Memberships by the Nanaimo Family History Society Executive Committee for their years of dedicated service. 

June 19, 2017 - General Meeting

"Penny will speak about missing information in your research. Over the years you have found out so much on your family and thought that was all you would ever know. With the explosion of information on websites and other sources, it is time to review your early research. A ten year gap in an ancestor's life may now be explained by time spent in jail, a sea voyage, or even a second family in another village! There is more research material available every day.

It is suggested that it is time to look at your old records and to recheck your family information to see what more may have come to light."

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




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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