Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
Ancestry.com (a subscription site) has launched online records of the original Hollywood film studios, which profile the superstars of silent cinema at the beginning of the 20th century. Digitized in partnership with the California State Library (where the original ledgers are held), the records are now fully searchable online for the first time by name, birthplace and date of birth.
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/3snpf3t
Two directories to the actors, directors, producers, and technicians of the motion picture industry for the years 1919 and 1921 are contained in this database. Each directory has a biographical section with information about the listed individuals such as their name, birth date and place, a brief career bio sometimes including educational history, a physical description (for the actors) or special skills description (for production crew), and membership in clubs, unions, or other organizations. Many entries include addresses and some photographic portraits are featured. All are listed in an index at the back of each directory.
Copies of the original files may be obtained from:
California State Library, California History Section
900 "N" Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
Website: California State Library, History
I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and am noticing this collection only
for the genealogical interest of the readers.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee