Tag Archives: genealogy design

Magnetic Migration: Ironworkers to Züsch

Confronting the challenge of scale, this illustrative map gives context to convergence. In 1700, industrial pioneers in Europe did not travel as far as their descendants, but did so with as much significance. Not only did they react to historic demands, they were architects of their own, and our, destinies. Continue reading

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Historical Hessen Hints

The influence of technology and politics filters down to affect the small villages circa 1600s. In the battleground of the Thirty Years Wars, Southwestern Germany was the stage for the conflict and the innovations. These factors show in family history data. But how to pinpoint to the actual events? Continue reading

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A Rinn Beginning

Never backing down from a graphic challenge, I more than met my match this time!  In this search for roots, I embarked on answering a family riddle. Recovering from one of the hardest visual tasks in my career, I shake … Continue reading

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Maps and Charts that Tell Stories

With a growing collection of historic maps and charts, most of my illustrations tell stories many family historians can relate to. Embellishing legacy documents and complimenting the work of professional genealogists—researchers, historians, and authors—my goal is to make data come alive. Continue reading

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Recreating the Past Symbolically

Visualizing the past illustratively is not meant to be photographic but symbolic. This drawing, with a map overlay, shows the Mulford Cabin and Ten-Mile House, the first permanent buildings in Evanston Illinois, circa 1854. The drawing is accurate to historical accounts, yet the depiction is contemporary. Continue reading

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Drawing Forward from the Past

As more databases become public for family genealogists, using the facts to express the time, place, and relationships offers new graphic challenges. Illustration makes this data come alive. Family trees, maps, and architectural recreations give meaning to the past. Continue reading

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