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.
January 18, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Questing Heirs Genealogical Society. "Breaking Down Brick Walls:
Three Case Studies." All 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 mid-1800s (Stargatt/Stargratt).
Parish Hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church at 1900 East Carson Street,
Long Beach, CA 90807. Admission is free.
January 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Westside Genealogical
Society. "Emigration Records: Tracking Immigrants from the
Other Side." Reviews
several types of emigration records, including emigration passenger
lists; permissions to emigrate; and passports and passport applications.
Reviews the availability of emigration passenger lists at major European ports.
Compares information in emigration records to that in U.S. immigration records,
and illustrates the additional information that can be found in
emigration records. Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741
Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Admission is free.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m. South Bay Cities
Genealogical 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.
Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room, Torrance, CA.
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; 2) "Reading
Russian-Jewish Vital Records for the Non-Russian Speaker," Sunday, June
7, 2015, 8:30 a.m.; 3) "Finding Anatevka: Maps & Gazetteers in
Jewish Genealogy," Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2:30. 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 in a
previous entry. Huntington Beach Library, 7111 Talbert Ave. (at
Goldenwest Ave.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648, Rooms C & D, Lower Level.
$5.00 charge for non-members.
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.