You may have tried the new MyHeritage tool that allows you to upload a black and white photo that will be transformed into color. I spoke with a colleague at a genealogy conference last month who gushed about the magic of the results.
I finally got around to trying it and decided the true test would be with one of the photos in my collection that were of a known relative so I could compare results with memory.
I selected a photo of my great grandmother, Anna Grdenic Kos[s]:
I recall this photo was taken Christmas 1961 or 1962. I remember the dress and that my grandmother, Mary Violet Kos Koss, purchased the corsage and it was worn to the church service. I even recall where they attended, St. Joseph’s Croatian [Roman] Catholic Church in Glen Park, Gary, Lake, Indiana. I didn’t go with them because the mass was in Croatian; instead, my mother and I walked a block to attend services at St. Mark’s [Roman] Catholic Church.
Here’s what the colorization looks like:
This was not my great grandmother’s skin tone in winter; she was quiet pale. Actually, it wasn’t even her tone in the summer as she didn’t go out in the sun. The dress was green and white. The corsage was silver with red balls and a green ribbon. I know this because I was there. I also played with the corsage and tried to affix it to my cat’s collar after the holidays. I thought that corsage was just awesome!
So, if you’d like to colorize your photos you can do so at MyHeritage. You can sign in through Google or Facebook and if you have a MyHeritage account, just enter your password. Then, just drop and drag the photo you’d like colorized in the box. It just takes a few seconds to get the finished image.
Know that MyHeritage retains the rights to the photo. Know, from my personal experience, the colors you get aren’t necessary true. Personally, I like my black and whites and sepias.