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.

Next meeting is April 17, 2023

Going Beyond Vital Events Records: Finding Family at the BC Archives

The BC Archives is the provincial repository for records relating to British Columbia.  The archives provides access to the vital events (birth, marriage and death) registrations. This is often the starting point for building a family tree, but did you know that there are many other records in our holdings that can unlock the mysteries of your family history? This workshop will cover the Top 10 record types to aid with genealogy research, and will also discuss navigating the BC Archives processes,

Hybrid meeting – in person at Beban Park and by Zoom; speaker on Zoom



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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