1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 17, 2020 11:30 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking traveling musician Willard Barnett


      How would I find a traveling musician from the 1930s or 1940s? I am looking for information regarding Willard Smith Barnett (or Barnette).  I was told he was a musician who traveled around the country with a band but I don't know much else.

        • Re: Seeking traveling musician Willard Barnett
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Snyder,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Willard Smith Barnett if he stayed in an area long enough to be counted. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. See NARA’s 1940 Census Records web page for more information.  For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


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          For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires.


          You may wish to search Ancestry.com for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search or at your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          In addition, we suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!