Sunday, August 13, 2023

MyHeritage Releases PhotoDater™

I received this from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage today:


Great news: date estimation for historical photos is finally here, and is available exclusively on MyHeritage! I’m delighted to announce the release of PhotoDater™, a groundbreaking, free new feature that estimates the year a photo was taken using AI technology.

PhotoDater™ uses an AI model developed by MyHeritage that is trained to understand nuances such as clothing, hairstyles, facial hair, and other objects that are characteristic of a particular decade. It then calculates the estimated year the photo was taken, together with a confidence level and average error range.

You can read all about PhotoDater™ on our blog, and I encourage you to share this exciting news with your audience, together with the visual below.

Now, I know what you may be thinking: why would I rely on guesswork? For undated photos with no other leads, PhotoDater™ can help you unlock further clues about who appears in the photo and the event at which it was taken, to solve mysteries in your genealogy research.

We’re excited to present this feature to the community and look forward to hearing your feedback!


I have used this several times in the past week, but I have already added my own knowledge or estimate of the date in the "Date" field for a photo or in the file name of the photo.  The PhotoDater doesn't make an estimate if you already have one.  Sometimes, the program takes awhile to make the estimate and some times it doesn't make one.

Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product.  I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.  I am a paid subscriber to the Reimagine mobile app.  This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products. 

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