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


November 16th, 2020

Yvonne Van Ruskenveld, Victoria, BC

Yvonne will speak on “War Brides”. Yvonne’s mother-in-law Elsie, was a war bride from Glasgow. Apparently, Yvonne’s interest in World War 1 arose out of her historical walking tours in Ross Bay Cemetery where many Great War veterans are memorialized. She has also given presentations on soldier memorials, nursing sisters, prisoners of war, the Royal Flying Corps in North America, and the cycle corps of the CEF. She is a member of the Western Front Association-Pacific Coast Branch, the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, and the Victoria Historical Society.


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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