Chula Vista Genealogical Society

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Society Board

President: Karen Smith

1st VP, Programs: Terri Seat

2nd VP, Membership: Arlene Watters

Secretary: Daryl Hern

Treasurer: Sam Seat


Cemetery: Susan Zimmer

Research Grp: Randy Seaver

DNA Group: Randy Seaver

Education: Susi Pentico

Estate Papers: OPEN

Historian: Susan Zimmer

Hospitality: Jane Furnish

Librarian:  Carrie Holleron

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings:  OPEN

Webmaster: Gil Leon-Guerrero

ZOOM - CVGS General Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • ZOOM virtual meeting
  • 98


Registration is closed

Chula Vista Genealogy Society General Meeting

"Born in St. Louis, naturalized in Newark, Why?"

Presented by: Hal Bookbinder

Due to concern about the corona virus, the city of Chula Vista has closed all libraries.

All CVGS meetings are cancelled at these facilities until further notice. As soon as we have any updates, our members will be notified.

So, join us this month for our general meeting on ZOOM virtual meeting with Hal Bookbinder, presenting.

If you are not already receiving invitations to our ZOOM meetings please contact Randy Seaver at:


and request your invitation.

In this presentation, Hal will explore a natural-born American citizen, Sara Sacharow, who on marrying in 1917 lost her citizenship. Years later she is naturalized. This talk discusses naturalization rules over the years, including the treatment of women, children, blacks, Asians and Indigenous peoples. It even discusses how John Adams tried to avert Thomas Jefferson’s election by changing the laws of naturalization.


Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He has served as president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a recently retired healthcare IT director who teaches at the university level and, as a volunteer, directs a ransition-to-work training program for an addition recovery center. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing at:


Attendance is free but only 100 seat are available so please register soon.

Mailing Address: PO Box 3024, Chula Vista, CA  91909

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