Bath Abbey, Somerset Genealogy

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To see and print out a list of all Bath Abbey's associated and attached chapels, view "A Comprehensive List of Bath Abbey's Chapels and District Chapels".

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Parish History

BATH, a city, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the hundred of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset, 12 miles east by south from Bristol, 19 (north by northeast from Wells, and 107 west from London, on the direct road to Bristol; containing, with it the whole parish of Walcot, and the parishes of Bathwick, Widcombe and Lyncombe.

The parish of St Peter and St Paul, or the Abbey parish, and the parish of St James, form a rectory, with the vicarage of Lyncombe and Widcombe (which see) annexed. The church was rebuilt in the year 1606. Jointly with Wells, Bath is the head of a diocese comprising very nearly the whole of the county of Somerset.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Bath Civil Registration District has a complete index of civil registration from 1837-2007 online through the volunteer effort of Bath BMD,England Marriage registrations post 2007 are added as index become available. There are detailed content tables available.

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Bath Poor Law Union, Somerset

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Somerset Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 168-177