My ancestor, Jacob Arney's original Will, resides at the NCSA, in Raleigh, NC
The ink in the upper 1/3 to 1/2 has faded over time.
I have requested and received a copy, from the NCSA, of his Will, but it's too difficult to make out the faded ink.
I would like to get a "best copy possible", so that perhaps someway I can try scanning it, etc. to see if I can bring out the faded ink, to see what it may be able to reveal about him. He is my family, ARNEY, brick wall, and I need to see if I can glean any information, from his Will, please help.
Checking with North Carolina Groups, here in Genealogy Wise, was suggested to me:
"My suggestion is to see if you can find someone who lives out here that can go and make a transcription of the will for you. Even if you request another copy, it may not be any better and a waste of money. Check with the NC group on here."
I'm on genealogywise, too
Actually, there is no transcription of this Will, that I have found, to date.
It has been mentioned in a few books, but only that it notes his wife, Elizabeth, and children.
The NCSA (North Carolina State Archives, in Raleigh, NC) when you request a copy of a Will (even an original Will, as this one is), they simply make a copy of it, on a copying machine. They do not concern themselves with quality and readability, only that you received a copy of the document.
I wish, they were advanced enough, to simply scan the actual document, and send a digital copy. At least that way you could use software to hopefully improve the readability. Currently, you receive a copying machine "copy" of the document, which you then scan yourself. But manipulating a scan of a copy is much more difficult than manipulating a scan of the original document.
Thank you, for your time, consideration, and cooperation, I truly appreciate it.