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.

REGISTRATION FORM

SPEAKERS : STEPS TO OUR ANCESTORS WORKSHOP

9:00 a.m.                              Registration and Sign-In
9:30 – 10:30                         Brenda L. Smith                                                Firm Steps on the Ancestral Trail
10:45 – 11:45                       Brenda L. Smith                                                Can You Prove That?
11:45 – 1:00                         Luncheon Break
1:00 – 2:00                           Dave Obee                                                        Immigration: Destination Canada
2:15 – 3:15                           Marie Palmer                                                    Getting Started With DNA Testing
3:30 – 4:15                           Now Let’s Put it All Into Practice!

 

FIRM STEPS ON THE ANCESTRAL TRAIL
Brenda L. Smith

Where do we start? What tools do we need? Where do we look? Are we on the right path?

 

CAN YOU PROVE THAT? STANDARDS OF PROOF FOR FAMILY RESEARCH
Brenda L. Smith

Examine qualities of evidence and apply standards of proof. Develop and practice data interpretation and assessment techniques that help you place each piece of evidence on the continuum of proof.

Brenda L. Smith is a writer, researcher and presenter at genealogy seminars. She is Chair of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission and is a founding member of Maple Ridge Family History.

 

IMMIGRATION: DESTINATION CANADA
Dave Obee

This session deals with a wide variety of sources that deal with immigration to Canada, including ship passenger lists, border crossing, naturalization and citizenship documents. Many of these sources have been indexed and placed online, however, it pays to know the scope and limitation of those internet resources and how to obtain information from other sources.

Dave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

 

GETTING STARTED WITH DNA TESTING
Marie Palmer

Find out about the different types of DNA testing that are available and which might be best for your needs. This session will cover ethnicity estimates, privacy issues, and how to use your results and matches to help break through brick walls in your family tree.

Marie Palmer is a professional genealogist and educator, who teaches a variety of genealogy courses. She holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University, currently co-chairs her Pro-Gen study group, and has completed the Advanced DNA course at the genealogical research institute of Pittsburgh.


NOW LET’S PUT IT ALL INTO PRACTICE!

At this session, you will be part of a small group discussion on what you already know about your ancestors, what you would like to know, and what your first steps will be. An experienced genealogist will be at the table to provide feedback and advice to help you to avoid any pitfalls. By the end of the session, you will feel comfortable in what you need to do to follow in the steps of your ancestors.

 

Members from the British Columbia Genealogical Society will be attending with their publications for sale during the workshop.   Dave Obee will also be selling his publications in the afternoon session.

REGISTRATION FORM

 

February 10, 2020

NFHS AGM: Election of executive officers.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Nanaimo Family History Society executive please contact a member of the executive or if nominated please let your name stand at our AGM.
Members will be able to present their AHA Moments and any Heirloom items they would like to share.

Ben Wilkinson

A member of our society will speak off the cuff on how to evaluate old jewellery and will also discuss appraisals.  He is a qualified gemmologist.  Ben used to have a shop on Commercial Street in the 1980’s.

(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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