Speaker-February 2021


 February 20, 2021

 “Born in St. Louis, Naturalized in Newark, Why?”

Presented by: Hal Bookbinder

Although a natural-born American citizen, on marrying in 1917 Sara Sacharow lost her citizenship. Years later she was naturalized. Hal Bookbinder will discuss naturalization rules over the years, including the treatment of women, children, Blacks, Asians and Indigenous peoples. He will also include an historical tidbit – how John Adams tried to avert Thomas Jefferson’s election by changing the laws of naturalization.

About the speaker: Hal Bookbinder writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship and practicing safe computing. He has identified over 4,000 relatives, tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He has served as president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Hal is a retired information technology director who continues to teach at the university level. He also directs a transition-to-work training program for individuals in addiction recovery. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing at: http://www.tinyurl.com/SafeComputingArticles.

This month we will be offering our speaker’s presentation by webinar! More details and a link to register for the webinar will be emailed to all SOCCGS members.

Meeting Place: Online

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.