Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Announcement of MyHeritage in Color

This press release was just received from MyHeritage,com. 
I’m thrilled to share that we have just launched MyHeritage In Color™ — a breakthrough new feature that automatically colorizes your black and white photos in seconds!
Based on deep learning technology, MyHeritage In Color™ brings your family history to life, revealing never-before-seen details — the results will blow you away!
This feature uses the world's most advanced technology for photo colorization, which is available exclusively on MyHeritage and is under license from DeOldify, created by Jason Antic and Dana Kelley. It allows you to do more than look at old photos — it lets you experience them, creating a deeper connection with your family history than you ever thought possible. 
Moreover, as part of our commitment to preserving the authenticity of historical documents, colorized photos will appear with a special embossed palette symbol at the bottom left corner of the photo to differentiate them from images photographed originally in color. All original black and white photos will, of course, remain intact and are not changed by the colorization process. 
Use our new MyHeritage In Color™ page to upload photos to MyHeritage and colorize them instantly or scan in your photos using MyHeritage’s free mobile app
Please find more information about MyHeritage In Color™ in the:
Here are some incredible examples of historical photos that we’ve colorized using MyHeritage In Color™.
 Manager of the Alamo bar, and Mildred Irwin, entertainer – North Platte, Nebraska, 1938
High school cadet marching band – Johannesburg, South Africa, early 1940s. Photo courtesy of Adam Fisher
The Cow Boy
Family Dinner dining_family_color
Family of Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker, at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner – Ledyard, Connecticut,
You can also watch the promo videos here:
We sincerely hope that you enjoy bringing your family’s black and white photos to life with MyHeritage In Color™.
Please spread the word about this amazing feature and feel free to share your own examples, so that others will be inspired to try it too.
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Monday, February 3, 2020

Unsung Heroes Award Winners Selected

The Unsung Heroes Awards nominations closed at midnight on February 1st. The winners have been selected in the Individual, Societies, and Libraries/Archives categories. The announcement of the winners will be made at RootsTech 2020. The winners will be notified by email in the next 24 hours.
The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix partnered in 2019 to develop the Unsung Heroes Award. It celebrates individuals, societies, libraries & archives, and young people who photograph, digitize, index, transcribe and otherwise make content available to the genealogical community. Look for the announcements at RootsTech, here, in The Genealogy Guys Blog, and in the Vivid-Pix Blog.

Press Release from Vivid-Pix

The following press release from our podcast sponsor Vivid-Pix was just received.


Patented Vivid-Pix RESTORE Brings Back Lost Memories with AI Restoration Software
For Family Historians, Genealogists, Archivists, Hobbyists, & More

February 4, 2020, Savannah, GA -- Vivid-Pix RESTORE www.vivid-pix.com patented AI software instantly brings treasured memories back to life, creating a fun and easy way to make a Valentine’s Day Card from faded photos. The one-stop solution for family historians, genealogists, archivists, hobbyists and more, Vivid-Pix artificial intelligence software instantly restores decades-old faded photos and documents, including scanned prints, slides, glass plates, tintypes, letters, journals, records, newspaper clippings, family memoirs, holiday cards, and more.

Vivid-Pix RESTORE improves the color and contrast of scanned, faded images and digital photos, as well as scanned records, letters, and documents. The U.S. Patent Office has awarded a patent to Vivid-Pix for the image processing used to improve images for the automatic correction of faded images covering the techniques used in Vivid-Pix RESTORE.

Vivid-Pix is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Renowned historian Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®, used Vivid-Pix to create a gift from her mother’s faded wedding album. “While all old photo albums fade with age, Mom’s was the worst! – The film processing or printing was done poorly and mom never really enjoyed her wedding album.” Taylor scanned the photos and restored them with Vivid-Pix. “Mom was thrilled,” she said.

To create a Valentine’s Day card, go to: 


Vivid-Pix RESTORE is available immediately for Mac and Windows for $49.99 at: https://vivid-pix.com/restore/buy.html, with a free trial available at: https://vivid-pix.com/restore/free-trial.html. For more information, see the website at: https://vivid-pix.com/.

About Vivid-Pix

Vivid-Pix was founded by Rick Voight and Randy Fredlund, who have a combined 47 years of experience from Eastman Kodak Co. They brought Kodak’s “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest” philosophy to the design of Vivid-Pix RESTORE. For more info, see the website: https://vivid-pix.com/.

Karen Thomas/Eva Yutani, Thomas PR

Maureen Taylor’s Valentine’s Day Card: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/vividpixvalentine.html
Before: Maureen Taylor’s Wedding Photo of Parents: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/vividpixweddingbefore.html
Template Maureen Taylor's Parent’s Wedding Photo of Parents: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/vividpixweddingafter.html
Maureen Taylor’s Photobook Created with Vivid-Pix Software: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/vividpixsoftware.html

Saturday, February 1, 2020

New Content Released at Genealogy Guys Learn

It's the beginning of February and we have released four new lessons and webinars for our subscribers at Genealogy Guys Learn.

In the written Courses, we have published:

  • Swedish Household Examination Records - Sweden used church parish visitations of every household and record information about every individual. MyHeritage has published the images in a collection titled "Swedish Household Examination Books, 1880-1920" and they are an every-year record of each household.
  • Anglican Parish Registers in England - This course traces the implementation of mandatory maintenance of Anglican parish registers from their implementation under King Henry VIII, where to locate them, the information included, and how to use them in your research. 
In the Video area, we have published:
  • Transitioning to a Professional Full-Time Genealogy Career - This video presents the important considerations about developing a business plan and a marketing plan, how to set up your business offerings, organization of records, accounting considerations, and more.
  • Tutorial for Vivid-Pix RESTORE for the PC - We have provided links to the official Vivid-Pix tutorials on their website. From this page, you can Access and Watch those videos. The software versions for the PC and Mac differ a little from one another but Mac users will quickly be able to use the PC tutorials to work with the Mac version. We'll be posting a set of tutorials for the Mac version here later in 2020.
We hope you enjoy this month's new content. Subscribe to Genealogy Guys Learn and look for more content each month.

IAMM & FamilySearch Launch Month-Long African-American Research Partnership

Happy Black History Month!

Toni Carrier of the International African American Museum (IAAM) currently under construction in Charleston, South Carolina, has announced a collaboration with FamilySearch called "Finding Your Black Roots: 29 Ways in 29 Days".

Each day in February, FamilySearch and the IAAM Center for Family History will feature a different FamilySearch collection that is especially helpful for tracing African American roots. IAAM CFH will blog about that day’s collection to give you an overview of what’s in the collection and how to use it in your research. Here is our page where you can read each day’s blog post: https://cfh.iaamuseum.org/black-history-month/ .

And be sure to visit the IAAM's website at https://iaamuseum.org/ for excellent information and content.

Vivid-Pix Recipe for a Great Valentine's Day Card

Our sponsor, Vivid-Pix, always has great ideas for how to use imaging software. Rick Voight, co-founder of the company shared the following way to create an exquisite, unforgettable Valentine's Day card that is sure to become a treasured family heirloom.  Read on.

Our friend Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, shared a lovely (and terrible) story about her parent’s wedding album. “While all old photo albums fade with age, Mom’s was the worst! – The film processing or printing was done poorly and mom never really enjoyed her wedding album."
Last year for Christmas, Maureen scanned the photos and RESTORE-d them. “Mom was thrilled.”
We are happy to share this story and to turn it into a Create Treasured Gifts – FOR FREE recipe:

1. Select a favorite photo and/or document.
Maureen Taylor mom wedding photo Before

2. Scan the photo or use one you’ve already scanned (set resolution for at least 300 dpi).
a. Use a portable scanner, a miniature scanner, or a mobile scanner such as Flip-Pal.
b. Use a dedicated scanner or your office All-in-One printer.

3. Download a Free Trial of RESTORE  (Enter Coupon code 3GenealogyGuys3R)
a. Software is available for Mac and Windows.
b. No credit card required.
c. Free Trial allows you to fix 10 pics and/or documents.
d. Use RESTORE's cropping feature and create the perfect 5x7 or 8x10.
restore freetrial screen shot

4. Download the below Microsoft Word editable template and add photo.
5. Open Word template
a. Right-Click on the photo.
b. Select "Change Picture > From a file".
c. Choose your image and save.

6. Print!
a. Print on your home printer (use photo paper for best results).
b. Save on a thumb drive or SD card and print at a store.
c. Order online – there are many options – including vivid-pix-prints.com
V Day Card 1

Now you are ready to give this Treasured Gift!

Photo gifts can be more current photos, too – Blind Date 1988!

Pete Diana Baron BA

Pete Diana Baron V Day

Want to try other recipes? Visit us at: vivid-pix.com/treasuredgifts

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