Colorize Old Photos

I know this isn’t about DNA, but it is about ancestors and old photos. What’s not to love!

My friend sent me a link where you can upload an old photo and it’s colorized, for free. (Thanks Chris!)

I’m having so much fun, I just have to share with you.

The photo below is my Mom from during WWII. I think she looks a lot more real in the colorized version, at right.

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The technology works best with high resolution, in-focus photos. That doesn’t mean it won’t work with others and it’s free to try.

It works great with groups of people too. Here’s my Dad with my sister’s kids.

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Have fun!

18 thoughts on “Colorize Old Photos

  1. I recommend that everyone upload old photos to for future generations to see. Your gg-grandchild might stumble across them 50 years from now and cherish them. We can also tell our “lifestory” at ancestry, so upload childhood photos, siblings, homes, vacations, accomplishments, hobbies, etc. Future generations will love discovering them. That’s how I discovered my g-grandfather and gg-grandfather…I LOVED when I saw that my cousin had the photos.

  2. Ladies from WW2 were so soft and feminine looking. Loved the way they dressed and did their hair and makeup! I need to colorize my mom’s photo, too.

  3. is based on an old model of the DeOldify colorization software from a few months ago.

    The author of DeOldify has since released a branch new model with MUCH better results, which can be used at

    He’s also worked on colorizing movies (see and has a new expertimental coloring model which should be released soonish (hopefully!)

  4. Thanks enormously. My wife’s mother died shortly after her birth. She has never seen a colour picture of her mother before. Colour seems to show far more of her personality. Interestingly it seems to work well with people of colour too – my wife’s mother is South Asian.

  5. I think this is a fun idea, and would only put out one word of caution. While our ancestors were not gray-scale or sepia, they also didn’t wear clothes that were strident fuscia or crazy green. Have to consider the dyes available at the time period of the photo. Look at some photos from costume museums. The Smithsonian, ( ) the Fashion Museum, Bath, England ( ) and what you can Google.

  6. This is very neat, but I have what probably is a dumb question. Shouldn’t the photos go into your Downloads file on your computer? When I hit Download Result, I can’t seem to find where the picture is.

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