Useful links

Collected below are some other useful resources to help you find out more about your theatrical ancestors.

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Theatre and related collections

Arthur Lloyd
Music Hall and Theatre History Website
Association of Performing Arts Collections
Search over 250 theatre collections
British Music Hall Society
Museum of London collections
Museum of the City of New York collections
Contains over 120,000 images from the museum's Photography, Prints and Drawings, Maps, Ephemera and Theater collections.
National Art Library (Victoria & Albert Museum)
National Fairground Archive
Scottish Theatre Archive
The Garrick Club Collections
The Women's Library (London School of Economics)
UK Theatre Collections (Association of Performing Arts Collections)
University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Census data

1841 England Census (
1851 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)
1861 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)
1871 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)
1881 England and Wales Census (FamilySearch)
1891 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)
1901 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)
1911 England, Wales and Scotland Census (FindMyPast)

Passenger lists

Ellis Island Passenger Lists (The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation)
The Ships List: Ships Passenger Lists


Specialist image library for the performing arts.
Mary Evans Picture Library
Holds over 500,000 images and offer a picture search service.

Family history/genealogy

Federation of Family History Societies
Society of Genealogists