Birth Name: Asa Yoelson
Date of Birth: May 26, 1886
Place of Birth: Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Lithuania)
Date of Death: October 23, 1950
Place of Death: San Francisco, California
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Al Jolson was an American singer, actor, and comedian. He was the son of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Naiomi Etta (Cantor) and Moses Rubin Yoelson, a rabbi. Born in Seredžius, Lithuania, he moved to New York c. 1894.
Al’s paternal grandparents were Myer/Meyer Hesselson and Rachael/Rachel Ghuta Cantor.
Al’s maternal grandparents were Asa Cantor and Etel.
Source: Genealogy of Al Jolson – http://www.geni.com