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Are you located in Vermont? I have some ideas about how you could start your research. For example, there might be a Jewish historical society for Alabama or the area including Selma. I do know something about southern Jewish history. I might be able to come up with some ideas. I”ll try to reach you next week at the Vermont office for a Dr. Staats.
Are you located in Vermont? If so, I’ll call with some possible suggestions for research. Specifically, I’ll try to find out if there is a relevant Jewish historical society in Alabama that might have some leads.
I have some familiarity with southern Jewish history. Those in the Pacific Northwest might not, and that is the emphasis of this blog.
Hello, my name is Chris and my grandfather was born in Selma, Alabama March 7th, 1893. The only info I have about my great grandfather “Mr Lew” Jackson was that my grandfather, Herbert F. Jackson, MD called him “a champion of the underprivileged.” I was told either he my great Grandmother, Celestine Jackson’s father, was a Rabbi.
I’m wondering how best to research this and welcome any feedback as to how to start this search. Thanks for your time. Best, Chris
Christine, if your great grandfather was a rabbi in this country, then there is a reasonable chance that he was a member of a rabbinical association, and you could contact them for help with your question. But I think you would be best advised to do a bit of geneologic research to nail some of the basics details of this person’s life, such as date of birth and birthplace, date and place of death, etc.
I hope your quest for this family information proves successful.
Your great great grandfather Louis Jackson died in Troy, AL in 1909. He was a merchant living in that city. He was born in Russia in 1850, so his family name was probably Anglicized, perhaps at his port-of-entry. It would take more research to find out his original family name.
It is possible Celestine Rosenberger Jackson was the daughter of Rev. G.L. Rosenberger, who was rabbi at the oldest (and perhaps only) Selma synagogue, Mishkan Israel. This information was found in the 1873 yearbook of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), now, I guess the Union of Reform Jewry, or some such name. The Reform Jews at that time listed all the “Ministers” for their constituent congregations, and they bore the tile “Rev.”
G.L. Rosenberger, as well as Louis and Celestine Rosenberger Jackson, are all buried in the Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. Louis and Celestine were married in Jefferson Alabama on April 27, 1890.
I’m guessing, but don’t know for sure, that Celestine Rosenberger was the daughter of G.L. Rosenberger. That is probably the rabbi of whom your grandfather, Herbert Jacson, spoke.
Your grandfather, Herbert, I think died in Austin in 2001
I thinking I’ve got this all straight. I tried calling a doctor with your name in Vermont. Left a message. Haven’t listened to my voice mail, so I don’t know if you tried calling me back. You might think I was crank; not at all, have an interest in Jewish life in the south, and particularly the smaller towns. I am from that part of the country. Hope you see this before it is deleted. I think I posted some other information a couple of weeks ago but it disappeared quickly.
I guess Mike doesn’t like this being used for a personal-geneology board, and I can’t blame him.
If you are the same person, and got my message, feel free to give my a call. I can send you what I found.
I found a few interesting tidbits about your grandfather, Herbert. Some old U-Virginia alumni books mention his current activities; this was about the time of WWI. He was a military physician, assigned for a while to NY and then to the Army Medical College in D.C., which later became the Walter Reed Medical Research Institute, I believe a separate entity from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center which is now merged into the Naval Hospital, I believe. That huge entity is near me in Bethesda. The Walter Reed Institute is farther away in the Silver Spring, MD area.
Were Frank and Herbert brothers? Frank is buried in the Live Oak Cemetery,and married Anne Kiernan, I think. Irish, and probably not Jewish, I’m guessing. Haven’t researched either of them.
This is all fairly easy to do. i find it fun, but don’t have much time for it. I hope you get this, and that it helps you. I’m available to chat at the number I left at your medical office, and hope you see it before it is deleted. I don’t blame the owner of this board for wanting to keep it to its basic mission, and away from personal messages and genealogy. Of course, by now, you might have found all the information out yourself.
The biggest puzzle of all is how this ended up on a board dedicated to supporting Israel particularly in the communities of the Pacific Northwest! How I found it, I don’t know. I have a friend who moved out to Seattle recently who was raised a Protestant in Capetown, S.A., grew up in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Sea Point and believes her maternal grandfather, named Mark or Marks, was Jewish. (Very likely a Litvak like most South African Jews). I started researching some Jewish community stuff out there in case I ever went out there, but that is unlikely now. I might have come across Mike’s blog. I do have a strong background working in Jewish organizations and pro-Israel causes.
Knowing some of the nuttiness in the Pacific N.W., (a la the late Rachel Corrie) this blog is sorely needed.
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