Dear Group,

I have just joined the group today. As far as I know, I have no Litvak
relatives; we are all >from Galicia and Bukovina. I am however a
genealogist, and traveled last year to Czernowitz (Chernivitsi) in
Ukraine, where I found the graves of six ancestors.

The reason for joining this group, is that I am a life long fan of the
American entertainer, Al Jolson. As some of you may know he was born
in Seredzius, Lithuania near Kausau, the son of Moshe Rueben YOELSON,
and Naiomi CANTOR.

from what I understand the senior YOELSON was one of five sons whose
original name was HESSELSON. All the sons took different names to avoid
conscription into the Czar's army.

I am looking for any information the members may have, and any direction
they can give me as to where to start searching for ancestors of the
HESSELSONS and related families.

Thanks so much for your help.

Bruce Wexler
Jackson, NJ

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