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 18, 2018 - General Meeting

Tom Koppel

Salt Spring Island author Tom Koppel is the author of Kanaka: The Untold Story of Hawaiian Pioneers in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest (Whitecap Books, Vancouver, 1995).  In his talk on June 18, Tom will tell how he researched his book, mainly using the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, the BC Provincial Archives, and personal interviews with descendants of the Hawaiians who came to BC in the 19th century.  He will also describe the annual celebratory picnics (the “Hawaiian Connection”) that were held for four or five years by descendants of the Kanakas during the 1990s, where people discovered long lost relatives and exchanged family trees and other information.  Tom will bring along copies of his book to sell, sign and dedicate. 

(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

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