Black & White, and Blurry — MyHeritage Can Fix That (And It’s *Free*!)

When MyHeritage.com introduced their colourizing technology for old photos it was an immediate hit, and gave them name recognition ..

(You can test it for yourself .. Colourize one of your old photos!)

But it seems that their latest free technology has gotten not nearly as much attention — though it is just as amazing and helpful.

There’s nothing more unfortunate than having found a new family photo .. but it’s fuzzy, and a bit washed out. It just doesn’t seem as worthy of keeping as the other clearly focused ones ..

And if it’s the only one you’ve got of that person, it’s disappointing .. that is, until now.

The new MyHeritage Photo Enhancer is almost like magic. Give it a try and you’ll be surprised!

Genealogy Outing … Visiting Cemeteries And Helping Other Family History Researchers!

Daniel Horowitz writes in his MyHeritage blog: “I believe that visiting a local cemetery could make a perfect family outing for the COVID-19 era. It’s all outdoors, it’s peaceful, there are no crowds, and you are guaranteed a six-foot social distance from all the people you are visiting! If your own ancestors are buried there, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about them and introduce their gravesites to your children. If not, it can still be fascinating to learn more about local history. And if you decide to document some of the stones, it would be an act of community service — providing descendants who live far away with access to priceless information about their ancestors.”

If you’ve never thought of making your visit a boon to other family history folks, consider helping to document the cemetery you visit ..

It’s as simple as putting the BillionGraves app on your phone, (*free*) .. and photographing and labeling perhaps a row (or section) of the cemetery while you’re there .. it’s something older kids can easily do, too.

Scottish Genealogy Helpful Resources

— Parish Registers: detailed info at the National Library of Scotland website

Scotlandspeople.gov.uk it’s really the only place where you can see images of the documents you’re dealing with .. other pay websites will have transcripts .. and learning how to use the site (not always intuitive!) is a worthwhile investment of time …

FamilySearch Wiki on Scotland .. it’s free! Scroll down to the map that reveals records available for each county .. there are also webinars you can watch on a number of helpful topics ..

— Trouble deciphering the handwriting in Scottish documents you’ve discovered? There’s a page for that!

Try ScottishHandwriting.com

— A good basic reference .. I use the Kindle version of Chris Paton’s Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2020

— Webinars .. some of the best are by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City .. though the library is closed this year (2020, due to COVID-19) there’s a full schedule of webinars available (all *free*) .. this link will show you all the upcoming webinars over the next few months, updated regularly. Webinars are on ZOOM, so if you don’t have that app, download it today, free!

— Consultation (*free*) .. is available with the experts of the Family History Library .. read the details and process here to book a consultation. The consultation uses a different app, Microsoft Teams, which you can download for free.