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Transparent Yellow OverlayI’ve transcribed thousands of birth and death
archival data for theMissouri Digital
and along the way, I’ve had a chance to work with lots of hundred year-old
handwriting - some very legible, some barely legible and some beautiful
Spencerian script that was “sneaky illegible” - almost too fancy to read.
Based on a tip from one of their staff, I tried a light yellow plastic
overlay on the worst entries. The idea was to heighten the contrast and it
does help in some cases. The overlay I used most was a plastic protective
folder that will hold 10-20 copies but I also had some luck with yellow
cellophane gift wrap.
Per history of Crawford Co., referring to Nishnabotny Twp., "the first death recorded was that of a blacksmith named Holverson. He was an acquaintance of the Slater's and Walker's. Meeting them when they were in Denison trading, he was persuaded to move on to the Nishnabotny with them. Almost the first day of his arrival he was taken sick and died the same day. He was buried at Denison."
Meyers, F.W., History of Crawford County, Iowa: a record of settlement , Vol. 1, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co.,, p. 424.
I know who this Holverson is! He is a very significant figure in Norwegian-American history and I would really like to find his burial place. Does anyone know where he would have been buried at Denison -- this would have been June 1871?
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