Tag Archives: information graphics

A Chart of Strategic Choices

There are always stories in the numbers. The first way to understand genealogical data is to chart it. Tracing three families from 1700 to 1850 is the foreground of a pivotal point in history. Within their data, a strategy is revealed, reflective of the background history. This interplay also dictates the approach to chart design. Continue reading

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A Boast of Modesty

History can show the extraordinary in the ordinary, and study reveals what is carried forward and what is lost. A family’s history can be displayed through the places they lived—the architecture and the circumstances surrounding. This illustration, of a modest house in Züsch Germany, expresses this interplay of influences. 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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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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Historic Approach

Give life to historic documents and publications with illustrations that instantly tell a story. From maps to charts to locations, presenting information factually and aesthetically becomes meaningful and memorable. Continue reading

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