Margaret Freeman, Co-founder and Coordinator of GCRA for Many Years Now Deceased
Rudolf, Dr. Homer. "Margaret Freeman, Co-founder and Coordinator of GCRA for Many Years Now Deceased." 1 October 2010.
Message from Dr. Homer Rudolf, Coordinator of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) (www.glueckstal.net), Richmond, Virginia
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death, on Oct. 1, 2010, of Margaret (Aman) Freeman at the age of 81 years. Margaret was one of the founders of the Glueckstall Colonies Research Association (GCRA) in 1987, and served as the coordinator of the Association from that time through 2009. During her early years with the organization she was also employed as an elementary school teacher.
She was an active member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, serving on the board of the former for a number of years. While serving on that board she also served a Chair of the Genealogy Committee. She also played an significant role in the establishment of the SOAR (Saving Our Ancestral Records) project of AHSGR. Margaret was also very active in the local AHSGR Chapter and other AHSGR activities in California. Through the years, she developed a close working relationship with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and its director, Michael M. Miller, at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. In past years Margaret regularly scheduled work sessions at the Family History Center in LA in order to help others in their research.
Margaret was involved in the establishment of the GCRA Newsletter, and was intrinsically involved in the production of all issues through Vol. 22/2, 2009. Under her leadership, GCRA also published a significant number of books. Her guiding principle of open participation by all, and the centralization of the records of GCRA have served the organization well. Under her leadership GCRA coordinated the erection of a monument honoring our ancestors who lived in the Glückstal Colonies. The monument was dedicated in Glückstal (known today as Glinoye, Moldava) on 24 May 2002.
Robert and Margaret Freeman recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Until recently, the home of Margaret & Bob served as the headquarters for GCRA, and housed its archive of files and its library. They hosted innumerable Germans from Russia events and individuals in their home, and were constant promoters of GCRA and Germans from Russia research in general. Margaret was known, loved and respected by many in the Germans from Russia community in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
The majority of the GCRA files and books now are housed at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection as the GCRA Archives, where the materials are available to researchers. For more information see – http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/research/genealogy/gcra/index.html
The website for GCRA can be found at: www.glueckstal.net
Margaret is survived by her husband Robert, their son Bill, his wife Suzie and their two daughters Sydney & Brooke of San Mateo, CA; and their son George, his wife Haifaa and their son Martin of Santa Monica, CA.