Norwegians in America (1825-1913) Gothic Script books now in ENGLISH!

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Deb Nelson Gourley


   Ulvestad's 100-year-old "Bible of Norwegian Immigration" 1,400 pages of Gothic Script now transcribed translated into bilingual ENGLISH-NORWEGIAN 3-volume-set! Norwegians in America, their History and Record covers years 1825-1913.

   Over 100 years ago, the Norwegian author Martin Ulvestad wrote in the foreword: “Have we — modern Norwegians in America — seen and understood what our forefathers have done for us? Have we ever shown them that we properly appreciate their struggles, sufferings and deprivations — that benefited us? Have we made sure that their memory could live among us, and our descendants? … It was these and similar questions and thoughts, which in time, I felt were valid to me and which gave impetus for the labor, the ultimate result we now find in this book.”

   Ulvestad compiled the Norwegian-American pioneer stories by sending out 163,000 small books and pamphlets along with 450,000 circulars and forms to the early immigrants and their families. He then published the 100-year-old oversized (now rare) books.

Click for Ulvestad's original 1,400 pages in Gothic Script

Areas included in the 7"x10", hardcover, Smyth sewn (library quality) books are:

USA — 41 states and 500 counties: Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington, Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia. Plus Pre-History, Indian Territory, District of Columbia and the story of the emigrant ship “Valkyrien”.

Canada — 6 provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

• Norway — 1,700 areas of Norway including maps of Norway's 18 fylker (districts) and the 433 kommuner (municipalities) 

Volume 1 [sorted by geography, USA's 41 states/500 counties & Canada] — includes both an English translation as well as a Norwegian transcription from pages 1-250 of the Gothic script and covers immigration to America 1825-1907. The sagas tell of where the pioneers emigrated from in Norway, immigrated to in America, genealogy, life and hardships on the emigrant ships, canal boat and cattle car journeys to the Midwest, sickness, oxcarts, dugouts, sod huts, numerous pastors and churches, livestock and crops, grasshoppers, prairie fires, blizzards, Indian Wars and more. [480 pgs]

Volume 2 [sorted by occupation and 1,700 locations in Norway] — has both an English translation as well as a Norwegian transcription from pages 251-871 of the Gothic script and covers immigration to America 1825-1907. Norwegians in American Wars includes Military Officers, Privates, the 15th Wisconsin Regiment, Civil War and Andersonville Prison. Other sections contain listings of Norwegian-American involvement: public positions, newspapers and periodicals, book publishing, music, educational and charitable institutions, church societies, pastors, temperance undertakings and historical and statistical summary. Volume 2’s Compilation of Norwegian Communities in America section provides information on over 25,000 pioneers sorted by 1,700 areas they emigrated from in Norway. [640 pages]

Click for list of Ulvestad's 1,700 locations in Norway

Volume 3 [sorted by last name or paternal name, GENEALOGY, cross references Volumes 1 & 2] — has an English translation of over 500 pages the Gothic script and covers immigration to America 1825-1913. Thousands of biographical sketches alphabetized by last name. Information includes where emigrated from in Norway, year, where immigrated to in America and occupation. Also listed are names of sons and/or relatives born in America at that time, where known. Plus MAPS from 1901 in USA. [704 pages]

Ulvestad 3-volume-set was the WINNER of the G. K. Haukebo Heritage Resource Award for Historical Emphasis

Norwegians in America, their History and Record: A transcribed and translated version Nordmændene i Amerika, deres Historie og Rekord, 3-Volume-Set, Written by Martin Ulvestad, Astri My Astri Publishing, 2010, 2011, 2012

Click for 3-vol-set

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Kings of Norway bilingual book includes 3 audio CDs - Anders Kvåle Rue

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Deb Nelson Gourley


See it, Hear it, Read it, Speak it . . . Bilingual English Norwegian! Kings of Norway and its accompanying 3 CDs feature bilingual text, bilingual audio and full colored illustrations of 57 kings and 1 queen who ruled Norway from circa 875 to present. Utilizing visual art along with both written and audio storytelling allows the non-fiction book to be used as a unique language-learning tool. Appealing to readers of all ages on both sides of the Atlantic, the dual English and Norwegian language format is ideal for first-year Norwegian classes, language camps, and heritage and cultural programs. The 128-page, full-colored, hard-cover book includes the bilingual text and singing of both Astri, My Astri and Astri, Mi Astri by Klang Male Chorus Lillehammer, Norway.

     • Fully illustrated and written by Anders Kvåle Rue

     • Bilingual English Norwegian text in the same book

     • Book includes 3 audio bilingual English Norwegian CDs

     • 128 pages all in full color, 6" x 9"

     • Hardcover and Smyth sewn for highest quality

     • Book and CDs all "Made in America"

Deb Nelson Gourley has assembled a team of winning contemporary artists, working in visual art and the art of first-rate storytelling, as they retell in fresh ways the sagas of ancient Norwegian kings. The dual language format allows readers of English as well as Norwegian to savor the stories, and use the book as a unique language-learning tool. —Harley Refsal, Professor, Scandinavian Folk Art, Scandinavian Studies, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

  • Astri My Astri Publishing has created nothing less than a masterpiece with this beautiful book featuring illustrations and brief descriptions of 58 different Norwegian monarchs, written in both English and Norwegian. Kings of Norway and its accompanying 3 CDs are ideal for first-year Norwegian classes, language camps, and heritage and cultural programs. The book is a stroke of genius, appealing to readers of all ages on both sides of the Atlantic. —Steinar Opstad, Ph.D., Norwegian scholar and writer, Sarpsborg, Norway

    This unique bilingual book, written and illustrated by Anders Kvåle Rue, presents a brief history of the 57 kings and one queen who ruled Norway from circa 875 to the present. Three accompanying CDs by native English and Norwegian speakers adds to the book’s impact as a history and language resource. This book is another outstanding contribution by Deb Nelson Gourley's Astri My Astri Publishing to the field of Norwegian-American studies. —Arne Brekke, Ph.D., Comparative Germanic Indo-European Linguistics, Grand Forks, North Dakota

  • Click to hear audio excerpt:

    Harald Fairhair — English Version
       Harald was one of many petty kings in Viking Age Norway. Snorri Sturluson writes in Heimskringla that one day Harald sent some of his men to a beautiful maiden named Gyda. They were to ask her if she would become Harald’s mistress. Gyda replied that she was only interested in him if he became king of all of Norway! When Harald heard this, he decided to unite Norway into one kingdom. He would not cut his hair, he said, until the task was completed.
       At Hafrsfjord, not far from where Stavanger lies today, Harald won the decisive battle. Now the kingdom was his and he could cut his long hair. After this, people called him Harald Fairhair.
       Harald had a number of wives and many sons, and they helped him rule the land.
    Harald Harfågre — Norwegian Version
       Harald var en av mange småkonger i vikingtidens Norge. Snorre Sturluson skriver i Heimskringla at Harald en dag sendte noen av mennene sine til ei vakker jente som het Gyda. De skulle spørre henne om hun ville bli Haralds kjæreste. Gyda svarte at hun bare var interessert i ham dersom han ble konge over hele Norge! Da Harald hørte dette, bestemte han seg for å samle Norge til ett rike, og sa at han ikke skulle klippe håret før det var fullført.
       Ved Hafrsfjord, ikke langt fra der Stavanger ligger i dag, vant Harald det endelige slaget. Nå var riket hans og han kunne klippe det lange håret sitt. Etter dette kalte folk ham for Harald Hårfagre.
       Harald hadde flere koner og fikk mange sønner, og de hjalp ham med å styre landet.
    Harald Fairhair – Harald Hårfagre; Eirik Bloodaxe – Eirik Blodøks; Haakon the Good – Håkon den Gode; Harald Graycloak – Harald II Gråfell; Olaf I Tryggvason – Olav I Tryggvason; Saint Olaf II – Olav II den Hellige; Svein Alfivason; Magnus I the Good – Magnus I den Gode; Harald III Hardruler – Harald III Hardråde; Magnus II Haraldsson; Olaf III the Gentle – Olav III Kyrre; Magnus III Barelegs – Magnus III Berrføtt; Eystein I Magnusson – Øystein I Magnusson; Sigurd I the Crusader – Sigurd I Jorsalfar; Magnus IV the Blind – Magnus IV Blinde; Harald IV Gilchrist – Harald IV Gille; Sigurd II Mouth – Sigurd II Munn; Inge I the Hunchback – Inge I Krokrygg; Eystein II Haraldsson – Øystein II Haraldsson; Haakon II the Broadshouldered – Håkon II Herdebrei; Magnus V Erlingsson; Sverre Sigurdsson; Haakon III Sverresson; Inge II Bårdsson; Haakon IV Haakonsson; Magnus VI Lawmender – Magnus VI Lagabøte; Eirik II the Priest-Hater – Eirik II Prestehater; Haakon V Longlegs – Håkon V Langbein; Magnus VII Eriksson – Magnus VII Smek; Haakon VI Magnusson; Olav IV Haakonsson; Margaret I – Margrete I; Eric III of Pomerania – Erik III av Pommern; Christopher of Bavaria – Christoffer av Bayern; Carl I Knutsson Bonde; Christian I; Hans; Christian II the Tyrant – Christian II Tyrann; Frederik I; Christian III; Frederik II; Christian IV; Frederik III; Christian V; Frederik IV; Christian VI; Frederik V; Christian VII; Frederik VI; Christian Frederik; Carl II (XIII); Carl III (XIV) Johan; Oscar I; Carl IV (XV); Oscar II; Haakon VII; Olaf V – Olav V; Harald V
    Deb Nelson Gourley presents Kings of Norway, Text and illustrations by Anders Kvåle Rue, Astri My Astri Publishing, 2006

    Posted in All Ages, Anders Kvåle Rue, Astri My Astri Publishing, Audio, Bilingual, Book, CDs, Culture, Deb Nelson Gourley, English, History, Illustrations, Kings of Norway, Language, Non fiction, Norway, Norwegian,