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Bath & North East Somerset Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/libraries/laa.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): SOM, AVN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Bath Central Library
19 The Podium
Northgate Street
Tel: 01225 787400
Fax: 01225 787426

Opening hours:

Monday: 1000-1800
Tuesday: 0930-1900
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1900
Friday: 0930-1700
Saturday: 0930-1700
Sunday: 1300-1600

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes, but it is restricted to specific enquiries.


Provided by local Record Office? Yes, but only for specific enquiries.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations 1837 to 1950, held on microfiche.

5. Census returns

Some North Somerset parishes held at Bath Central Library. All of Bath covered. 1881 census on CD-ROM

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Somerset, 1805 to 1969/70 (incomplete), some on microfiche
Gloucester, 1822 to 1969/70 (incomplete), some on microfiche
Wiltshire, 1805 to 1969/70 (incomplete), some on microfiche

6(b) City and Town Directories

Bath: 1783 to 1973/4: Post Office directory, 1858 to 1940: Kelly's directory, 1929 to 1973/4 (incomplete)
Bristol: Morris directory, 1872: Wright's, 1912; 1915 to 1917: Kelly's, 1923 to 1973: Town and Country, 1935/6 to 1969/70

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Register of electors, Bath, 1908 to 1915; 1918 to 1939
Civilian residence electors list, 1945
Bath register of electors, 1948 to 1954; 1956 to date
Bathavon, 1960 to 1989; 1991/2 to 1995/6
Bath & North East Somerset, 1996/7-

7(b) Poll Books

Bath: 1832; 1835; 1837; 1840; 1841; 1847; 1851; 1851/2; 1855; 1857; 1859; 1868

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Isles, 1992, held on microfiche.

9. Unpublished Indexes

1841 census: Street index for Abbey, Walcot, Lyncombe, Widcombe: Name order transcript for Abbey only: Transcript of Enumerator's schedule for one reel only, on outskirts of Bath
1851 census: Street index: Alphabetical name index for Bathwick, Batheaston, Abbey, Walcot, Twerton, Lansdown, Widcombe
1861 census: Street index for Abbey, Lyncombe, Widcombe, Walcot
1871 census: Street index
1881 census: Index for Somerset
1891 census: Street index for Abbey, Walcot, Lyncombe, Widcombe

10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Bath & County Graphic, May 1896 to April 1904: Somerset Countryman, 1929 to 1960: Somerset Yearbook, 1911 to 1939: Notes and Queries, series from local paper, June 1933 to 1954

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Some lists of inscriptions on gravestones
Monumental inscriptions
British Isles general register, 1994, on microfiche
Scrapbooks with biographical information
Autograph letters

14. Guides to Collections

Guide to family history research, compiled by Elizabeth Bevan, 1995.Only available for reference in the library.

15. Local Record Offices

Bath Record Office
The Guildhall
High Street
Tel: 01225 477000
Archivist: Colin Johnston

Other information