1) Bille, John H.
A history of the Danes in America / [by] John H. Bille. - [San
Francisco : R and E Research Associates, 1971] - 48 p.
Reprint of the 1896 ed., which was issued as v. 11 of the
Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and
Bibliography: p. 39-41.
A thirty-nine page essay describing the Danish experience
in America up to the time of publication (1896), when Danish
immigration was already fifty years old.
The author elucidates the differences in the circumstances
of life in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries.
A six-page appendix lists 1890 Federal census statistics on
numbers of Danes, Swedes and Norwegians in each county of
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan's upper peninsula,
and the Dakotas. A fold-out map shows the locations of Scandinavian
communities in these states, does not name the communities,
but indicates the number of inhabitants and whether they are
Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
A bibliography and bibliographic footnotes indicate further
2) Bridge (Salem, Or.)
The bridge : journal of the Danish American Heritage Society.
- No. 1 ([May] 1978)- -[Junction City, Or., etc.] : The
Society, [1978?- - v : ill.
Title from cover.
As of this writing, the Library of Congress has five volumes
of this periodical, covering the years 1978-1993; this number
will increase as time passes. The most efficient way to see
the contents is to request all volumes and browse through them
page by page. The Bridge contains articles, advertisements,
names and addresses of interest to those researching Danish-American
history and genealogy. It is a rich source of information, but
provides no general index.
3) Danes in North America / edited by Frederick Hale.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1984. - xx, 231 p.,
 p.of plates : ill.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Letters to Denmark from immigrants in America, translated
by the author. They are presented in chapters intended to show
the various factors that caused Danes to emigrate and the variety
of conditions they found in North America. The
author's introduction shows his familiarity with the circumstances
of emigration from other Scandinavian countries
as well, and he points out the factors that most characterized
the Danish movement.
Chapters tell of the Atlantic crossing, farms, urban settings,
politics, religion, women, and the Danish identity in America.
The index lists personal names and place names in both Denmark
4) Danske i Amerika. - Minneapolis og Chicago : C. Rasmussen
publishing company, 1908- - 1 v : ill. (incl. ports.)
A comprehensive history of exploration and settlement in North
America by Danes, beginning in the year 1000. The first three
chapters describe especially Leif Erickson's voyage, and Jens
Eriksen Munk's "New Denmark." Names of other individuals
appear beginning with Dutch settlement in North America, which
included many Danes. Church and missionary activity began in
1742 and is documented in detail with dates, personal and
place names, and photographs.
Hundreds of individuals living in America between 1800 and 1840
are mentioned, from Philadelphia to California. After
1850 settlements described include Neenah and Hartland, Wisconsin,
Chicago, Gasconade County, Missouri, South
Carolina, Georgia, and Michigan.
Immigration to urban areas, and to the West Indies occupy separate
Danish churches and Danes in the arts, Danish ethnic organizations,
businesses, and schools are described with many
names of individuals and photographs.
A complete list of illustrations of people and places is given,
but the book contains no other index of names except
those mentioned in the eight-page table of contents.
5) [Henius, Max], 1859- comp.
Den danskfodte Amerikaner. - Chicago, 1912. - 232 p.
On the occasion of the first gathering of a representative
group of Danish Americans, Henius compiled articles by sixteen
authors on the history of movements and institutions founded
by Danes in the United States. Subjects are the geographical
spread of immigrants, Danish churches, schools and newspapers,
Danes in cities and in rural areas, and a study and list of
Danish-American organizations. Personal names mentioned are
those of founders, directors and other prominent figures.
A 12-page bibliography lists Danish language books published
6) Kvist, Anton, 1878- ed.
Den gamle pioner fort‘ller. - Kþbenhavn : Berlingske
1935. - 179 p : incl. ill., plates, ports.
The immigrant experiences of Danish-born Americans as told
to the author. States represented are Michigan, Illinois,
Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Utah.
Narrators are Jens Darius Theobald Bogh, Martin N.
Esbaek (a Danish translation of part of his English-language
diary), Henriette Lunddahl, Jens Frederik Svinth, Jens A.
Anerrsen and Peter Ebbesen. Other people are named in the narratives,
and each section is illustrated with photographs.
7) Nielsen, George R.
The Danish Americans / by George R. Nielsen. - Boston : Twayne
Publishers, 1981. - 237 p. -
(The Immigrant heritage of America series)
Bibliography: p. 230-232.
Discusses causes and characteristics of Danish immigration.
Part I describes the circumstances in Europe that gave rise
to the migration movement. Part II describes the religious aspects,
in which Danes differed from other Scandinavian
immigrants by joining American churches and leaving the Danish
churches in America as a relatively minor influence. Part III
addresses the geographical distribution of immigrants, in which
the Danes again differ from others by spreading thin over a
wide area and thus hastening their assimilation. Part IV addresses
Danish American innovations.
A bibliography and detailed notes listing sources for each chapter
8) Pope, Wiley R.
Danes, Denmark, and Danish Americans : a checklist of
materials available at the Minnesota Historical Society
Reference Library / compiled by Wiley R. Pope. - St. Paul,
MN : Minnesota Family Trees, 1985. - 36 p.
Bibliography of books on Danish emigration and immigration,
some family histories, specialized dictionaries, handbooks,
and many histories of Danish settlements in North America.
9) Simonsen, Henrik Bredmose.
Kampen om danskheden : tro og nationalitet i de danske
kirkesamfund i Amerika / Henrik Bredmose Simonsen. - rhus
Aarhus universitetsforlag, 1990. - 256 p. -
(Studier i Indre missions og de religiþst-folkelige
bev‘gelsers historie ; 1)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-250) and indexes.
The story of Danish churches in North America and the attempts
to establish Danish communities in the new lands in order to
preserve Danish culture and language. The author points out
differences between the flourishing Norwegian and Swedish American
churches and the struggle of Danish churches to maintain unity
and a sense of "Danishness" among immigrants who,
more than their Scandinavian neighbors, tended to spread out
geographically and assimilate rapidly. This is a unique view
of immigration from the points of view of the churches.
The bibliography provides copious, up-to-date sources, and
there is an index of personal names.
10) Salomons almanak ... : De Forenede Staters danske almanak,
haand- og aarbog ... - Seattle : Wash., Danish publishing
house of the Pacific coast, 1913- - v : ill., plates, ports.
Begins in 1914 and continues through 1917. The researcher
may want to request all four volumes at the same time.
This almanac presents information of interest to Danes in
America, including lists of parliamentarians elected in
Denmark, and articles on the effects of World War I on Denmark.
More interesting to the researcher on immigration or genealogy
are the exhaustive lists of ethnic societies in the U.S.,
Danish newspapers and presses, religious groups, schools, retirement
homes and businesses, most listed by state and
city. All give names of presidents or owners, often with a street
address. Pastors are listed, and articles describe the
immigrant experience, list ships sailing between America and
Denmark, and the almanac for 1915 tells the story of Icelandic
immigration to America.
Copious personal advertisements give names and addresses of
advertisers, and statistics of the U.S. government provide an
excellent idea of the geographical and demographic distribution
of Danes in America. In addition, the articles
and advertisements show changes in immigrant use of the Danish
None of these volumes contain indexes, so that the researcher
must browse page by page.
11) Vig, Peter Sorensen, 1854-
Danske i kamp i og for Amerika, fra ca 1640 til 1865. - Omaha,
Neb. : Axel H. Andersen, inc., 1917. - 5 p.l., -393 p.,
l : ill. (incl. ports., facsim.) pl.
A detailed history of Danes who fought in and for America from
1640 through 1865, most of whom fought in the American
military, although some fought for the British or French. The
Civil War section (pp. 180-381) is particularly detailed,
often giving names, regiments, dates and places of birth, and
other facts of use to genealogists.
The earlier sections also provide many names of individuals.
Certain information, perhaps unknown to many researchers in
American history, is also included. For example, during the
American Revolution many Danes were listed by Americans as Hessians.