|The 1841 census is hard to scan. It is hard
to read! But the sample above shows that it is not impossible to produce
very good and readable scanned images from the poor census films.
First a little background.... take a £45,000 film scanner... and then
do some experiments with a £4,000 add on widget to the film scanner
to try to overcome that problem, plus extra image enhancement techniques.
It worked. ;-)
That is what Archive CD Books did.
Sally wrote asking if it was possible to read what she could only guess
at on the original films:
HO107 / 770 / 7 folio 4 (page 4)
>FRITTLE? Elizabeth 55 Ind
>ABLESON? Ellen ?
As you can see from the scan below - it is pretty clear!
Elizabeth TUTTLE 55
Ellen ALLEN 11
If it still appears light on your monitor, then turn down the brightness
We tried to find the worst pages from that Norfolk film. Here
is a part of the scan of one of those pages, reproduced at smaller
than the actual scan size (the size that Archive CD Books use on their CDs
is larger - so you can zoom in to read the really difficult ones in
detail. Normally you wouldn't need to view it at this size).
Can you read it?
It is a scan by Archive CD Books. Compare it with others that you have
Where would you purchase your 1841 census CDs from?
If you would like a preview of the results from the WORST pages, two full
pages from the Norfolk 1841 census,
HO107 / 770 / 6 folio 10 pages 15/16 (Tilney All Saints)
HO107 / 770 / 7 folio 4 pages 3/4
the full pages, to compare them with any other scanning system then :
Right click on the link below to download the file
From the drop down menu, select "Save Target As...."
Select a place on your hard disk to download the file.
Then when the download is complete, simply view the file 1841nfk1.pdf using
Adobe Acrobat Reader in the normal way. REMEMBER TO ZOOM RIGHT IN TO VIEW
REMEMBER : WE ARE NOT SHOWING OFF THE BEST PAGES HERE
WE ARE SHOWING OFF THE VERY WORST PAGES
Please note: if you simply click on the link with the left mouse button,
the file will try to display in a window live. This may not work for many
people, therefore follow the instructions above to right click on the link
and select to save the file instead.