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Family history


For help with family history enquiries please contact or phone the Abbey office on 01225 422462 and ask to speak to Anna Riggs, the Abbey Archivist.  We do not charge for enquiries, although we welcome donations.


  • Lists of the memorials on the walls and floor of the Abbey are available from the Abbey stewards, or from the Abbey Archives.
  • Transcripts of the Abbey's baptism, marriage, and burial registers (1569 onwards) can be consulted for researchers by the Abbey Archivist.  Transcripts are also available at Bath Local Studies in the Guildhall.
  • Searchable online indexes of our registers, with digital images, are available on the Ancestry web site. You can search Ancestry for free at most record offices, including the Bath Record Office.
  • The Bath Burial Index is a database of information from records relating to over 50 cemeteries in Bath, including the Abbey Cemetery at Widcombe.  
  • Names of members of the Gentlemens’ and Boys’ choirs are listed in the Abbey Yearbooks which run from 1896 to 1939, and an index of members of the Gentlemens’ and Boys’ choirs 1921-1996 is also available through the Abbey archives. As a result, it may be possible to check whether someone was a member of one of the Abbey choirs. However this would depend on the date, as the archives, unfortunately, do not hold continuous records of membership for the Abbey choirs, nor do they hold biographical information about former choir members.
  • Lists of the Abbey clergy, churchwardens, and other officers can be consulted by the Abbey archivist or by our heritage volunteers.