Norwegians in America, their History and Record, 3-Volume-Set, received the 2012 G. K. Haukebo Heritage Resource Award for Historical Emphasis

Posted on October 05, 2012 by Deb Nelson Gourley

Norwegians in America, their History and Record: A translated version of the 1907 and 1913 Nordmændene i Amerika, deres Historie og Rekord, 3-Volume-Set. The book was written by Martin Ulvestad; translated into English by Olaf Tronsen Kringhaug (Vol 1) and Odd-Steinar Dybvad Raneng (Vols 1, 2, 3); transcribed from Gothic script by Benjamin Keith Huntrods; edited by Margit Nysetvold Bakke (Vol 1) and Deb Nelson Gourley (Vols 2, 3). The 3-volume-set was published by Deb Nelson Gourley, Astri My Astri Publishing.

Several forewords, prefaces and leaflets, written and signed by Norwegian author and publisher, Martin Ulvestad, were discovered during the process of both transcribing from Dano-Norwegian Gothic script and translating into English his oversized 100-year-old-books. Thousands upon thousands of Norwegians, who immigrated to America from 1825-1913, were contained in Ulvestad’s 1,379 pages originally published in 1907 and 1913. The data included pioneers living in 41 states and 500 counties in the USA, 6 Canadian provinces and emigrating from 1,700 locations in Norway. In Ulvestad’s own words, he described how he compiled the Norwegian-American pioneer data by sending out 163,000 small books and pamphlets along with 450,000 circulars and forms to the early immigrants and their families.

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