That’s Entertainment! Toolkit

That’s Entertainment! Toolkit

Use these resources to trace your performing kin.

Web Sites

American Masters: Vaudeville


Broadway 101: The History of the Great White way


Celebrity Census
Circus News
Circus Web
Cyndi’s List Famous People
Internet Broadway Database
Theater Database
Theatre History on the Web
Yiddish Theater in America


The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups by Bernard L Peterson (Greenwood Press)

American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers by Marc Hartzman (Tarcher)

Carny Folk by Francine Homberger (Citadel)

Finding Your Famous (and Infamous) Ancestors by Rhonda R. McClure (Betterway Books, out of print)

From Traveling Show to Vaudeville: Theatrical Spectacle in America, 1830-1910 edited by Robert M. Lewis (Johns Hopkins University Press)

A Geographical Index to Local Histories of the Theater in America by Clifford Eugene Hamar (Stanford University Department of Speech and Drama)

Opera on the Road: Traveling Opera Troupes in the United States, 1825-60 by Katherine K. Preston (University of Illinois Press)

Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater by John Bush Jones (Brandeis University Press)

A Pictoral History of the American Theater 1860-1970 by Daniel Blum (Crown Publishing Group)

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalushand Larry Sloman (Atria)

Theatre in the United States, Vol. 1: 1750-1915 edited by Barry B. Witham (Cambridge University Press)

Two Hundred Years of the American Circus: From Aba-Daba to the Zoppe-Zavatta Troupe by Tom Ogden (Facts on File)

Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America by Frank Cullen (Routledge Press)

Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy by Tod Benoit (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)

Where the Bodies Are: Final Visits to the Rich, Famous, & Interesting by Patricia Brooks (Globe Pequot)

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: The American Circus 1901-1927 by Mark Sloan and F.W. Glasier (Quantuck Lane Press)


American Vaudeville Museum

Box 519, Edgewood, NM 87015, <>

The Bamum Museum

820 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604, (203) 331-1104, <>

Circus Historical Society

600 Kings Peak Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30022, <>

Circus World Museum

426 Water St., Baraboo, WI 53913, (608) 356-8341, <>

International Brotherhood of Magicians

11155-C South Towne Square, St. Louis, MO 63123, (314) 845-9200, <>

International Clown Hall of Fame

Wisconsin State Fair Park, Tommy Thompson Youth Center,

640 S. 84th St., Suite 526


West Allis, WI 53214, (414) 290-0105, <>

Ringling Museum of the Circus

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243,>

Theatre Historical Society of America

152 N. York St., Second Floor, Elmhurst, IL 60126, (630) 782-1800, <>

University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department

100 Main Library, Iowa City, IA 52242, (319) 335-5921, <>
From the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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