7 thoughts on “Freeman Family History – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Thanks for sharing. I love looking at old family pictures. Wish I could be of help to you with this mystery, but alas my facility in Hebrew is… nada. And my knowledge of late 19th century/turn of the century Ukrainian Jewish history is similarly abysmal.

    I bet there are a lot of people who read this blog who are steeped in Hebrew language and know that particular regional history, though, and might be able to fill in some blank spaces. Best of luck.

    1. Sorry, I realize looking at my comment again I accidentally wrote Hebrew twice instead of Yiddish. I do know the difference. My apologies for this space-out…

  2. Richard,
    At this moment I’m reading a fascinating book, “Annie’s Ghosts” by Steve Luxenberg. His ancestors, also from Russia/Ukraine settled in Detroit after the great emigration of the late 19th/early 20th century.

    Perhaps his bibliographic section wd be useful to you. He’s a Washington Post editor who did a lot of research.

    Good luck to you. I’d love to know my roots, but do not have energy or resources to trace.


  3. My father’s side of the family immigrated from that era and area around the same time. My father passed away when I was in my teens and I lost contact with that side of the family. I’ve always wondered about their history – so I always enjoy hearing the details from others that have similar roots.

    I hope you are able to get more information on the content of that artifact so you can have a follow-up post.

  4. Richard – thanks for this, fascinating (if somewhat grim) bit of family and social history!

    Out of interest, do you know whether any of your wife’s family remained in Ukraine and whether you might have some in-laws there today?

  5. My grandmother was a Freeman, and we don’t know anything about her father’s origins because she wasn’t raised by him. We do have a picture and the clothing and facial characteristics looks very Russian-Jewish (clothes- typical working class, Russian clothing, and he had slightly hooded eyes). I’m interested in genealogy and would love to find out more about his origins, thanks for sharing your photos! I’m not sure if we are related, who knows, but your family history is very fascinating.

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