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.

until March 27, 2021

We have made a tough decision to postpone the workshop until March 27, 2021 due to ongoing health concerns. All registered attendees will be notified. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nanaimo Family History Society


June 15, 2020

Jamie Brown of Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Libraries, BC
Jamie’s choices of topics are Alberta records, BC records, Ontario records; and a portion of the presentation would be on “what’s new” both inside the library and within the Family History Department. Jamie suggests if we choose Alberta or Ontario, we could possibly do a case study or two. If we were to obtain one or two questions from our membership on the topic, then Jamie could give the results at the end of the session. (She also will stay over so she can have a small tour of Nanaimo.)

(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.)



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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