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One of the perks offered at the Roots Tech 2020 conference last week was a free colorized magnet by MyHeritage. I knew immediately which black and white photo I wanted to use. It's one that I love because it's not a posed studio pic, but one that captures my grandmother in her everyday life.
I stopped by the MyHeritage booth that afternoon, stood in line for awhile to get some technical assistance, and submitted the photo. Due to overwhelming response to their free offer, they told me that I would need to return the next morning to pick up the magnet. When I stopped by the booth on Saturday, my photo wasn't on the board. I left my email and name on a sticky note so they could check to be sure my picture was in the system. I hung around until they checked and they told me to come back in an hour. I returned and still no photo. So I resubmitted my name and email and returned again in an hour. My persistence was rewarded!
And now my grandmother is on the refrigerator gallery. I'm her youngest granddaughter and there is a fifty year span between the oldest and youngest granddaughters of my grandfather, Andrew T. Scifres. (And that's a post for another day.)
Here are the two versions of the picture. While I'm not a huge fan of colorizing old photos, there's something about the new version that I love. Beside the fact that it make the chickens and the dog pop out of the foreground, I love how it softens the image of my grandmother, Martha Ada Young Scifres, and makes her come alive for me. I've spent a lot of time thinking about her. Watch for a future post sharing what I know about my remarkable grandmother who was born in 1875.