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 June 17, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.


Terry Hartley of Nanaimo, BC – NFHS member “Mennonites, Metis, and a Sprig of Nobility”

In this presentation, Terry will share the highlights of a genealogy journey she began in the 1970’s.  She will recount her experiences during the “old days” of family history research, identify major challenges in studying Mennonite, Metis, and Royal Ancestry, and reveal some surprising discoveries she made along the way.  Tips and techniques applicable to other researchers will be interspersed throughout the presentation.

This is a Hybrid meeting.



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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