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A book about genealogy in America

In 2013, Family Trees – A History of Genealogy in America was published. The book is written by François Weil, the Chancellor of the Universities of Paris. He is professor of history and a former president of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

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Kristina Comes Home

In Copenhagen you can see the sculpture Kristina designed by Dennis Smith. In this article, Dennis Smith tells his story about why he made the sculpture and how it found it's way from America to Denmark. 

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Danes in the Midwest

Danish historian Jette Mackintosh visited in the early 1990s Elk Horn and Kimballton in Iowa to make studies for her book published in 1993. The book describes how Danish immigrants settled in the area from 1868 on-wards and how they coped in the new environment. 

Here you can read an English summary of the book:

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Jacob A. Riis

The photojournalist Jacob A. Riis was born in Ribe 1849. However, he left Ribe in 1870 - young and hopelessly in love - for America, with a dream of a new and rich life. 

Jacob A. Riis, the first person to use photography to focus on the plight of the poor, was named "the most useful citizen of New York" by President Roosevelt. He worked tirelessly for the poor and homeless in New York.

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