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.

WORKSHOP March 2021 – Cancelled

We have made a tough decision to cancel the workshop until further notice due to ongoing Covid – 19 health concerns. All registered attendees will be notified. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nanaimo Family History Society


January 18, 2021

Karen Inkster Vance, Surrey, BC – by Zoom

Tabletop Stories: Food and Your Family History – by Karen Inkster Vance

(Target audience: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced)

“Whatever your family background, chances are you can find dozens of stories around food: struggling to find it during times of hardship; hunting, fishing and gardening; canning and preserving; cooking and baking with passed down recipes; and eating together at family gatherings.  Since so much family history is created around food, these stories and recipes are worth preserving.  Get inspired by some of my family food memories and learn how you can write and share your own family’s tabletop stories through short vignettes, essays or published books.”


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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