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Pioneer Schmitt: A Visual Biography

Johann Peter Schmitt exemplified a quintessential American story. First, his family represented the tensions in Germany through their choices and resulting tragic losses. They fled from Germany in 1840 to become pioneers north of Chicago, buying land on “the Ridge” to clear and farm. Through three decades, Peter flourished through a transition from farming in Grosspoint to building greenhouses in Ridgeville to developing property for Chicago, without moving. Uncle Peter grew from log cabin to elegant house on the hill. Continue reading

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Rascal’s Revolt: A Memorial Tribute

The biography of a Civil War sergeant demonstrates a patriot’s price of commitment. There can be no freedom without defense. To protect values demands sacrifice. John Schmitt continually stood up for democracy several times. Though he paid dearly for his convictions and service, his example resonates with generations that have followed. Continue reading

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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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Ancestor Access: Allendorf an der Lahn

Blending past and present is well expressed in Allendorf/Lahn, Germany. I have Illustrated several of their 300 year old buildings that show this integration. 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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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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