Welcome to the home page of Ted Gostin! I am a professional genealogist with
years experience. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced
genealogist, I may be able to help you reach your research goals. I am available
for research on families from all geographic regions, but my specialties include Jewish
genealogy, Central and Eastern European research, and Southern California resources.
I am also the the owner of Generations Press, and the heir search firm Gostin
Research Associates. I am a longtime member of the Association of Professional
Genealogists. This site provides some details about my
services, as well as some examples of the types of records I work with and can obtain for
clients. It also contains links to other parts of my business, including my publishing
company, Generations Press.
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Have you ever wanted to trace your Jewish roots, but weren't sure where to
start? It is possible! As a professional Jewish genealogist, I can help you:
- Document your family's arrival and early years in the U.S.
- Learn where your family came from in the "Old Country"
- Trace your family back through European Records
Check out my Jewish Genealogy page for more information about how a
professional genealogist can help you trace your family history.
Since I live in Southern California, I naturally specialize in
genealogical research in this region. I can help clients research their family
histories in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.
Check out this section for more information on what to expect from genealogical research
here in Southern California.
My publishing company, Generations Press, publishes books on
Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources, and immigration research. We also
sell new and used books from other publishers in the same subject areas.
Click here for information on current research rates, minimum charges,
reimbursable expenses, billing procedures, etc.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Ted Gostin lectures frequently throughout Southern
California. His lecture schedule is listed below.
18, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00. Whittier Area Genealogial Society.
"Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor Online." In the last decade and a half, a variety of immigration and emigration
databases have become available over the Internet. These databases have
the potential to make searching for immigrant ancestors much easier and
quicker than the older microfilm or print databases. A number of such
databases are discussed in this lecture, including the Ellis Island
Database, Ancestry.com immigration and emigration databases, and
FamilySearch.org immigration databases. The limitations of these
databases are discussed, and search tips offered for each database.
7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier 90602.
Admission is free.
2015 Southern California
Genealogy Jamboree, Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7, 2015.
Southern California Genealogical Society.
1) "Polish State Archives Databases," Saturday, June 6, 2015, 2:00,
discusses the various databases available on the website of the Polish
State Archives; 2) "Reading
Russian-Jewish Vital Records for the Non-Russian Speaker," Sunday, June
7, 2015, 8:30 a.m., demystifies the Cyrillic alphabet and provides
strategies for reading Jewish vital records in the Russian columnar
style; 3) "Finding Anatevka: Maps & Gazetteers in
Jewish Genealogy," Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2:30, shows how to use
maps and gazetteers to find the shtetls that Jewish ancestors
came from. Los Angeles Marriott
Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, CA. Requires separate
conference registration, from $70 to $195.
11, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Orange County California
Genealogical Society. "Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond FamilySearch and Ancestry.com;" and "Breaking Down Brick Walls:
Three Case Studies." The first lecture illustrates some of
the many different types of websites where one can find information on
births, marriages and deaths beyond the obvious genealogy sites of
Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. These include the vital
records agencies of different states, counties and localities; archival
agencies at the same three governmental levels; various libraries,
including state, local and university libraries; and historical and
genealogical societies. The second lecture is described below. Huntington Beach Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. (at Goldenwest Ave.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648, Rooms C & D, Lower Level.
$5.00 charge for non-members.
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ventura County
Genealogical Society. "Breaking Down Brick Walls: Three Case
genealogists eventually run up against a “brick wall” in their research;
that is, a research problem that they just can’t seem to solve. This
lecture reviews three cases studies where brick walls were successfully
overcome, and from those experiences draws out a series of research
strategies that might be applied to other difficult-to-solve problems.
The three case studies involved trying to determine the parents of an
early, post-revolutionary American ancestor in New York State (Metcalf);
trying to determine Juaneño Indian ancestry (from Mission San Juan
Capistrano) in a California Latino family (Mireles); and trying to find
any trace of a Polish-Jewish immigrant tailor in England in the
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA.
Admission is free.
If you'd like to know more about my research services, please send me an
e-mail by clicking on the link above. Include a description of type of research
you're interested in, as much background about your family as possible, and the details of
research you've already done. I'll put together a research proposal letting you know
what my fees are and how I might be able to help. Please be sure to include your
full name (I don't generally respond to people who don't sign their correspondence) and
let me know where you are located. Because my work load may prevent me from getting
back to you immediately, please allow 1-2 weeks for a response to your inquiry.