Dick Eastman wrote Wednesday about a free software application for Windows that colorizes black & white photographs.
My first effort with Recolored put some color back into the cheeks of my great-grandfather, Elton Dunham:
With a little practice you'll find that Recolored offers results on a par with the hand-tinting of yore. Skin tones are the biggest challenge, and may require some manual tweaking to avoid giving your ancestor a funeral-parlor complexion.
The program is incredibly easy to use, the only problem I found being an infuriating bug in the "Color Picker" that made entering RGB codes difficult. The beta version is free for non-commercial use, with a commercial version coming early next year.
My next colorizing project: see what Michael Jackson would look like if he were black.