Historical Hessen Hints

Coincidentally, many genealogy records begin first with the rise of literacy in the late 1500s, and second with the end of the Thirty Years War in the 1600s—especially in southwestern Germany and Northeastern France. The church (through christenings, marriages, and funerals) and government (through taxes and wills), recorded citizens; a few towns preserved documents from war devastation. For the first time, as average people learned to write, they started keeping family records. So it is the beginning for most surname databases.

With about twenty Hessian ancestor surnames that begin in the 1580s, I read about the history of their villages. Most were destroyed in the war, along with many family members. Based on data, most women and children survived. There are town documents of “war damage” reports as the dust settled. Some families rose in status, others perished.

Thirty Years WarHistory says that when villages were in the path of the marching armies, the women and children fled to a walled village for safety or a hidden refuge in the woods. But beyond knowing that, something happened in the late 1630s; finding out what happened is the hard part! I look specifically for the Giessen and Wetzlar regions of Hesse. The family numbers reflect that by the time of the treaty in 1648, it had been resolved for a while. Marriages and birthrates had gone back to normal.

In thinking about the experience of abandoning home for safety led me to have an image idea. Click here to see the full illustration. I changed the farm to a village, as both were vulnerable. The larger one better expresses the large army.

Determined to understand these beginnings, the early 1600s are the dawn of the modern era for many reasons:
• distribution of printed information
• rise in literacy
• improved weapons
• fall of feudalism
• increase of private ownership
• increase in diversity of religion
• consolidation of principalities
• beginning of urbanization
• end of the Renaissance
• setup for Age of Enlightenment in 1700s
• era of exploration prior to mass colonizations

How these qualities filter down to the lifestyles inherent in small villages is the true measure of change. The tragedy is to be the location of war after a long period of peace. Along with invasions came plague and starvation, so those who survived all of this were influential. The stories can be told in the data numbers and the comparison, or embellishment, of the history going on around it. Solving mysteries in the family charting means the effect of their context.

My exploration proceeds in “The Thirty Years War Reset.” It makes me want to know what happened to them, and I am sure many others with similar roots share such a fascination.  —Always inspired, Liane

Beginning a historic portrait, I have illustrated some of the living residential treasures in Allendorf an der Lahn, Giessen Germany. With several family branches that go back to the late 1500s, the story against a tumultuous background is developing.

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Please see these other examples of my informational illustrations:

sebastian-surname-search200Search for Sebastian Surname” identifies my search for the origins of my surname, Sebastian, in Baden, Germany. Other than my ancestor that came to Milwaukee in 1845, it seems that back in the homeland, they may have perished. Unlike other surnames on my family tree, it is not easy to trace this one to now. I created this graphic to use in my appeal for information. I have isolated an individual in Germany that drops off the information records in the mid-1700’s. So this is a test to see if anyone in the network can offer assistance. I prepared a simple graphic to attract the eye versus just pose the question, and composed a blog entry with more detail.

Control of the NarcissistSee the Clues: Dangerous Behavior of the Narcissist” identifies the insidious manipulations of the narcissist that are easy to miss. Don’t be a victim of this common personality disorder that undermines progress. As an artist, I have dealt with many in my career, and victimized by a few. The illustration is my visual depiction on how the narcissist manipulates. The article, The Control of the Narcissist is what to do about it. I also include a research project on the topic I wrote a few years ago that has helped  many friends and associates who have suffered from the sting of narcissistic behavior.

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CONTACTS:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
PORTFOLIO: https://lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com/portfolio/
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Liane-Sebastian-Illustration-742565389187170/
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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See the Clues: Dangerous Behavior of the Narcissist

Control of the NarcissistThe insidious manipulations of the narcissist are easy to miss. Don’t be a victim of a common personality disorder that undermines progress. As an artist, I have dealt with many in my career, and victimized by a few. The illustration is my visual depiction on how the narcissist manipulates. The article, The Control of the Narcissist is what to do about it. I also include a research project on the topic I wrote a few years ago that has helped  many friends and associates who have suffered from the sting of narcissistic behavior.

Earlier posts are examples from my recent portfolio on symbolic illustrations and information graphics:

Sebastian Surname Origins Map• MAP ILLUSTRATION:

Proximity and Progress: Surname Origins
A map that tells a story has an accurate and focused simplicity. Designing a topological structure, this one presents the oldest surname roots to mine:  Sebastian, including Heydt, Hammer, Trautwein, Christler, Pruet, Jungbluth, Reichart, and Ritzmann, created for our family reunion this summer. Please click here to see full-sized map and notes on its creation.

Sebastian survival #3

• INFORMATION GRAPHICS

To prepare a Family Book from genealogy research, I participate in Facebook groups. Everyone doing family history investigation has “brick walls.” I have isolated an individual in Germany that drops off the information records in the mid-1700’s. So this is a test to see if anyone in the network can offer assistance. I prepared a simple graphic to attract the eye versus just pose the question, and composed a blog entry with more detail. “Search for Sebastian Surname” explains the research so far.

—Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACTS:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
PORTFOLIO: https://lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com/portfolio/
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Liane-Sebastian-Illustration-742565389187170/
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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Geography and Genealogy

To reveal the story in any surname means visualizing where it comes from. It has geographic proximity and community context. While creating a map illustration for my family reunion this summer, there is lot more information from simple numbers than I ever expected.

Sebastian Surname Origins Map• MAP ILLUSTRATION:

Proximity and Progress: Surname Origins
A map that tells a story has an accurate and focused simplicity. Designing a topological structure, this one presents the oldest surname roots to mine:  Sebastian, including Heydt, Hammer, Trautwein, Christler, Pruet, Jungbluth, Reichart, and Ritzmann, created for our family reunion this summer. Please click here to see full-sized map and notes on its creation.

Sebastian survival #3

• INFORMATION GRAPHICS

To prepare a Family Book from genealogy research, I participate in Facebook groups. Everyone doing family history investigation has “brick walls.” I have isolated an individual in Germany that drops off the information records in the mid-1700’s. So this is a test to see if anyone in the network can offer assistance. I prepared a simple graphic to attract the eye versus just pose the question, and composed a blog entry with more detail. “Search for Sebastian Surname” explains the research so far.

—Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACTS:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
PORTFOLIO: https://lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com/portfolio/
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Liane-Sebastian-Illustration-742565389187170/
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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Search for Symbolic Clarity

Most of my time is spent producing projects, not talking about them. To pause, and take a step back, is a wise thing to do. Sharing means committing to a perspective.  From experience, I work best when I jump around between several projects. Each time I take a break and work on something else, I am able to go back to the first project with a clarity that propels the finish. Working on much more than I can publish, here are three current postings that reflect some of my creative directions:

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• CLIENT ILLUSTRATION

Series of explanatory diagrams on dental solutions for Dr. Arnold Chernoff, DDS. Created for web site pages. I present some of the most recent:
A Softer Style: Illustration Series for Dr. Chernoff.”
Design from Inside Out by Liane Sebastian
Say More with Less by Liane Sebastian

Sebastian survival #3

• INFORMATION GRAPHICS

To prepare a Family Book from genealogy research, I participate in Facebook groups. Everyone doing family history investigation has “brick walls.” I have isolated an individual in Germany that drops off the information records in the mid-1700’s. So this is a test to see if anyone in the network can offer assistance. I prepared a simple graphic to attract the eye versus just pose the question, and composed a blog entry with more detail. “Search for Sebastian Surname” explains the research so far.

Different Similarities icon by Liane

• THEME ILLUSTRATION

Composing photographic collages is not something new. What is new is using composed images (much like setting up still lifes), capturing the change within the scene imposed by time and weather variations, is my series on time. “Anticipating Change” expresses my thought-process on the seasonal entry.

What all the projects have in common is the challenge of symbolism. From a diagram to an expressive composition, the single visual must grab. It has to instantly tell a story. It may invite the viewer to know more, but it must give them a reason.

—Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACTS:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
BLOG: http://www.publishingpioneer.wordpress.com
PORTFOLIO: https://lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com/portfolio/
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Liane-Sebastian-Illustration-742565389187170/
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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Anticipating Change

Different Similarities Three-Liane Sebastian

For gardeners, spring has to be the favorite time of year. As the light changes, the days may be cold, but the hope for warmth is on the horizon—viewed from the comfort of indoors. This image reminds me of early spring when the grass becomes green again, but not much else. It has the feeling of waiting for something to happen, something which is guaranteed.

This series advances the seasons from the balcony—a single perspective of passing time. Change is both inevitable and seasonal, a reminder that human control is limited. We can build the balcony from which to observe.

—Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACT:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com
BLOG: http://www.publishingpioneer.wordpress.com

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Romantic Rush

Feb-World of Two by LianeSebastian
February needed help. Calendar designers were kind to make it the shortest month. Coming out of the deep winter of January, by the time February comes, patience with winter has grown thin. The cold has done its job of cleaning up gardens and woods. Wearing sweaters, scarves, and cuddly coats and hats has gotten old. Brisk walks on a sunny day after a big snowfall (and after neighbors have shoveled the walks) is no longer so charming.

So some visionary holiday-seekers chose February to make a romantic month. Demographically, more babies are born in the fall after a hard winter, so this must work. November is month that populates society with ample Scorpios. (Personally, I pefer that couples are romantic in January to provide more Virgos in September.)

Most romantic visual art is saccharin. There are iconic exceptions that jump to mind like Gustav Klimpt’s “The Kiss,” which inspires an encompassing passion within a rich visual feast. It is hard to beat for tasteful sensuality.

But I can try. In “Alone Together,” I have tried to capture the alone together feeling of romance—that there is someone so understanding and transparent and balancing, that they complete your world. Anyone to find such a bond is lucky, as love is probably the biggest high in life. Among the many kinds of love, romantic is the most thrilling. —Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACT:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.
PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian
LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian
EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com
BLOG: http://www.publishingpioneer.wordpress.com

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Enduring Change

image by Liane Sebastian

Winter arrived late this year. For the last few days, snow drifts cascade over the dried leaves. Fortunately, not everything freezes. I’ve used two versions of this tree composition—one to express a warm sunset amongst the chilly overcast days, and the other to convey a bit of daylight breaking through. The light and weather may change, but the waterfall continues on. Affected more by years than by seasons the streams carve the rock as trees grow. Conditions change the exterior, but never the essence.

2015 was a year of continuance and appreciating what lasts. Trying to refine my many projects, I am reluctant to start anything new until finishing what I have going. Why is the creative mind always pulling like horses at the gate of a race? Looking at the New Year, I hope to find many finishes to what I have started!

Happy New Year! I hope you find many continuances and completions, while appreciating the foundation of what is worth building upon. Always inspired, Liane

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CONTACT:

Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian

LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian

EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

BLOG: http://www.publishingpioneer.wordpress.com

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