Michael John Neill's genealogy website. Things that cross my path, general research suggestions, and whatever else ...with a little bit of attitude. I don't post "news" just to post it, never post a press release (edited or otherwise), don't feign excitement, and pretty much say what I think.
16 April 2013
Comparing a Fold3 Image with a Color Image From NARA-Part I
These two images are from testimony given by William Ehmen in the homestead application of Fokke Goldensetin in Dawson County, Nebraska. The first is from Fold3.com and the second is from color scans I had made by a researcher at the National Archives.
Over the next several weeks, we will be looking at several examples of Fold3.com images versus color images made at the National Archives. This may be one case where color doesn't "add" too much to my use of the document, but I really think that color enhances the image and I think that the scans I received are more "crisp" than the Fold3.com images.
I also wish that when these records were being scanned, which is viewed by many as "preserving" them that those scans be made in color.
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image from homestead application of Fokke Goldenstein, Dawson County, Nebraska, obtained on Fold3.com
image from homestead application of Fokke Goldenstein, Dawson County, Nebraska, obtained from the National Archives
Personally, I think the color enhances my user experience. As we will see in later postings, color makes it easier to tell when multiple individuals have written on a document.