Colorize Family Photos with MyHeritage in Color & Give Them New Life!

Colorize family photos using the MyHeritage in Color tool and bring new life to your photos. It’s easy and is a great way to share your family history!

Who has black and white photographs in their family photo collection?  I know I do, and I’m raising my hand high!

Ever look at those old family photographs and wonder what color your great great grandmother’s dress was? Or what color your ancestor’s hair was? Me, too!

The MyHeritage in Color tool allows us to do that! [I confess, I’ve been having too much fun playing with this tool. It’s taken me longer than usual to write this post, because I keep colorizing my ancestor’s photographs. So much fun!]

pin for how to colorize your family photos

Let’s see what that nifty MyHeritage in Color can do….

How To Colorize Family Photos With MyHeritage in Color

Step 1 – Sign up for MyHeritage for a FREE Trial.  It’s a great way to try the feature out and see how you like it.

Step 2 – Get started uploading and colorizing your black and white family photos!

MyHeritage in Color homepage

Simply click the orange “Upload photo” button as seen in the photo above.

I uploaded this favorite photograph of my great grandmother Esther Richardson Talbott.

1910s photograph of Esther Lee Richardson
Esther Lee Richardson

Once you upload your photograph, the magic begins……

Esther Lee Richardson colorized photo comparison

Here’s the full color version:

Colorized photo of Esther Richardson

Here’s another example of a photograph I colorized. It’s Esther from the photograph above as a young married woman. Sadly, it was likely one of the last – if not the last – photograph taken of her prior to her death from tuberculosis. I started with this photograph. You might have seen it before in this post on finding clues in your old family photographs.

Esther Richardson, Hattie Elliott, Nannie Farson
Esther Lee Richardson, Hattie Elliott & Nannie Farson

After the colorization process:

color photo of 3 women in 's

Being able to colorize photos is fun (Really, how much fun is this?!), but it has the added benefit of allowing you to see details in a photo you may have missed otherwise.  For example, in the the photograph above, notice the wedding ring on the hand of the woman (Nannie Farson). It’s brighter now and catches the eye. That wedding ring helps narrow down the date this photograph was taken since we know she married Howard Milam on 25 March 1919, and Esther died Jan 1923. The photograph was taken between March 1919 and January 1923.

Combine MyHeritage in Color & New Photo Enhancer Tool

Along with the MyHeritage in Color tool, try the NEW photo enhancer, MyHeritage released recently. Better yet, use the colorizing tool and the enhancer together.

Take a look at this photograph of two young boys – my maternal grandfather and his younger brother. You will notice it’s not the sharpest  focused photograph. 

bland and white photo of 2 boys 1920's
Before Colorizing

First I colorized it, and here’s the colorized version of the boys:

colorized photo of 2 boys 's
After Colorizing!

While I like the color, you will notice the faces and details are not sharp. Admittedly, my ancestors were not known for their photography skills. It’s time to use the photo enhancer tool found on the  MyHeritage photos page. I clicked  the “Enhance” button above the right corner of the photograph and the enhancement process will start automatically.

2 boys photos colorized on MyHeritge

Here’s the finished product:

enhanced and colorized photo of 2 boys 's

Notice how much sharper and clearer the boys’ faces are. What a precious photo! It’s a family favorite!

Now It’s Your Turn To Try Out the MyHeritage in Color

So now, you want to try colorizing your own photos, let’s talk details.

If you are not already a MyHeritage subscriber, you can try out MyHeritage in Color and the enhancement tool for free on 10 photographs.  As a non-subscriber, your colorized photos will have a watermark on the bottom left hand corner. 

Complete subscribers of MyHeritage can colorize an unlimited number of old family photographs. 

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3 thoughts on “Colorize Family Photos with MyHeritage in Color & Give Them New Life!”

  1. Maricia Gregory

    This was an interesting article. Do you use My Heritage instead of for your genealogy work?

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