I first heard about the Lange Book in 1994. I started looking for a copy of the Lange Book here in the USA. I could not find the Lange Book from Earl Lange's family. I then did extensive research on Earl's brother, Irving Lange and I found his grand daughter living in Kansas City, Missouri. One day I was in St. Louis, Missouri and I made a side trip to Kansas City and looked up Kristine Cheatum. She also knew about the Lange Book, but she said that when her father Bill Lange had died, she had packed up all of his books and donated them to GoodWill. You could almost feel my heart come to a stop! About 18 months later Kristine was cleaning out her book case and found the Lange Slektebok 1917. She shipped it out to me and in a few days, I had the golden treasure in my hands.
My cousin David Lange is a high school principal in Eagan, Minnesota and has Norwegian exchange teachers from time to time. One exchange teacher translated the first 50 pages of the Lange Book before she had to fly back to Norway. David was able to make a connection in Norway with someone who understands the Riksmal language and completed the translation.
The Lange Book 2005 is finally completed. It is in the Huntington Beach Library, Genealogy Room and at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.