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Monday, February 17, 2020

Over a Million Colorized Photos in 5 Days from MyHeritage

Quoting from the blog post entitled, "MyHeritage in Color™ Goes Viral: Over a Million Photos Already Colorized!"
5 days ago we released an amazing feature, MyHeritage In Color™, which automatically colorizes black and white photos with breathtaking results. 
We are indebted to Jason Antic and Dana Kelley of DeOldify for developing the wonderful colorization technology upon which this feature is based. 
The response has been incredible. The feature is a sensation: in the first 5 days, more than a million photos have been colorized — and the numbers keep growing! Users from all over the world have been stunned, and sometimes tearful, at how adding color can revive memories of their loved ones and change the way they relate to the photos. Many have shared with us that the colorized pictures have sparked interest in family history among the younger generation, and that seeing their ancestors in color makes them feel more real and tangible. Hardcore genealogists have been “complaining” that they will never get any other work done and spending long nights colorizing all their photos and marveling at the new details that suddenly emerge. Even people who have had a hard time connecting to genealogy before, have been scouring their homes for black and white photos to scan and colorize and are enthusiastically sharing the results with family and friends. It’s addictive! What a joy for genealogy! 
If you haven’t joined the fun yet, try it for yourself at Anyone can colorize up to 10 photos for free, and an unlimited number of photos with a subscription.
The number is not surprising when you realize that MyHeritage has over 109 million users. Only less than 1% of the users would have to do 1 image each.  As you can see from the quote, you can colorize up to ten photos for free, but I can assure you that a subscription is worth the money.

Here is one of my old family photos showing my great uncles, Evan and Ivan Overson.

Here is the colorized version from MyHeritage.

The black and white photo is underexposed but you can see all the detail in the colorized photo. There is a link to colorize photos on the website. You can also sign up for a free subscription with some significant limitations from the paid subscription.

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