MyHeritage New Photo Date Estimation Feature, PhotoDater!
MyHeritage has just come out with their new, and much anticipated, PhotoDater that estimates when your family history photos were taken!
Need help dating those old photos! Let MyHeritage take the guesswork out for you! This one-of-a-kind feature, added to their already fantastic suite of photo tools, has been in the works for a few years now and uses AI technology to estimate when your historical photos were taken, making this a must have genealogy photo tool! This is a fantastic tool for either the beginning genealogist/family historian, who is not yet experienced in identifying historical photos or for one who has no other leads, in which it could help break down some brick walls! The best part, you can use this new photo tool for FREE!
PhotoDater Determining Factors
Currently, PhotoDater works on photos with a date range between 1860-1990. It does not work on already dated photos, and it does not estimate all photos but does a fair amount. Some of the estimate ranges may not be accurate, as of yet, for the photos that it does estimate. As you save or reject the estimates, it will help train the feature to become even more accurate.
I tested hundreds already; some were spot on with the date and most fell within the date range, but not all could be estimated, and some were way off. Still, this is a fantasic date predictor for your old photos!
Some Accurate Down to the Year
Amazingly, some of the photos I used were able to get estimated for the exact year that I know the photo was actually taken! Below are a few examples where the date estimates were spot on.
This photo is estimated to be dated within the year 1895, and this picture was actually taken on Christmas 1895!
This photo of me is estimated to be dated within the year 1985, and yes, this picture was actually taken in 1985!
This photo of one of my great aunts is estimated to be dated within the year 1938, and this picture happens to be her senior portrait from 1938!
Most Fall within the Date Range Estimates
Most of the photos I used fell perfectly within the estimated date ranges. Below are a few examples where the dates fell within the estimated range.
This photo of one of my 2nd great grandmothers and her first 5 children was estimated to be taken within the year 1895. The baby in the picture was born near the end of 1893, leaving this photo being taken just at the beginning of 1894. What a fantastic predictor, only 1 year off, but still falling within the estimated range of 5 years before to 5 after!
This photo of my great grandmother; grandparents; father; uncle; aunt; great aunts, uncles, and their children; and a few of their friends was taken just about 1951 after a bible study at my great grandmother house, as my aunt (the youngest in the photo) was born in the middle of 1948. The PhotoDater estimated the picture being taken withing the year 1953 and with a range of 4 years before or after. Wow, right within the range!
On the back of this photo of one of my great grandmothers, along with 2 of her siblings, was written “Goodbye Salida”. According to documentation, the family was in Salida, CO in 1900, and by 1910 they were in Wichita KS. The PhotoDater estimates this photo being taken about 1907, with a range anywhere between 1901 and 1913, being right on target with the range!
Some May Not Work
For some unknown reason, some photos just couldn’t be estimated, maybe due to the quality, etc. Below are a couple of examples where the dates couldn’t be determined.
Some May Be Way Off
As this is a new feature that relies on AI technology, it may need a little more training. That’s where you come in! The more estimates that are saved or rejected will help with the accuracy in the estimates! Below are a few examples where the estimated date ranges were way off.
My mom was born in 1948, and here she is at about 3 years of age, making the PhotoDater way off on this estimate of 1962 and the range of 6 years.
Here is a photo of the first 4 children of my great grandmother and her first marriage. The baby was born near the end of 1918, placing this photo somewhere about 1919, and the PhotoDater estimating it being taken about 1929 give or take 6 years.
This photo of one of my 2nd great grandfathers is estimated to be dated in somewhere in 1924 with a range of 6 years, but he died in 1903.
This last photo is my mom’s 3rd grade school picture, and she was born in 1948, placing this photo being taken in about 1856-1957, but the PhotoDater places it at about 1971 with a date range of 5 years, making this one of the few that was way off.
How to get to PhotoDater
Try it out at MyHeritage and don’t forget to save or reject the estimate to help improve the accuracy on this fantastic genealogy tool!
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