Ted Gostin

Professional Genealogist

Welcome to the home page of Ted Gostin! I am a professional genealogist with over 30 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.

 

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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.

 Generations Press Books 

BOOK029.GIF (2293 bytes)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.

 

Research Rates

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.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Ventura County Genealogical Society, "Emigration Records:  Tracking Immigrants from the Other Side."  U.S. immigration records of the 19th century are often not very informative, and emigration records – those documenting someone leaving Europe – can often provide more information. This lecture reviews and illustrates a number of different types of emigration records, including emigration passenger lists; convict transport records; permissions to emigrate; police registrations; and passports and passport applications; and compares the information they contain to that in U.S. passenger lists.  Free admission.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Glendora Genealogy Group.  "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).  La Tetra Center, 333 E. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA.  Free admission.

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8:30-9:30 a.m.,  SCGS 47th Annual Jamboree 2016. 
    "Finding Vital R
    ecords Online - Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch".  While many genealogists will stop their search for online vital records after reviewing the commercial site Ancestry.com and the Mormons’ FamilySearch website, there are a multitude of other places on the internet where one might find birth, marriage and death information. This lecture reviews and illustrates the breadth of other vital records sources available, including other online genealogy sites; local, county, and state level public agencies; public, university and college libraries; and historical and genealogical societies.  Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Conference registration required.

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016, 3:30-4:30 p.m., SCGS 47th Annual Jamboree 2016. "Polish State Archives Databases."  Reviews the databases on the website of The Polish State Archives, as well as its AGAD branch in Warsaw. Four of the databases on the main website provide catalog or inventory information on the holdings of the archives: inventories of vital records (PRADZIAD) and census materials (ELA), and fond (record group) descriptions (SEZAM) and deatiled inventories (IZA). The newest database, ZoSIA, is an integrated database that incorporates the descriptions and inventories of the four previous databases, and adds scanned images of the records themselves. The AGAD branch has its own digitization program on its own website, including many records from eastern Galicia, now in Ukraine.  Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Conference registration required.

  • Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., South Bay Cities Genealogical Society.  "Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch."  While many genealogists will stop their search for online vital records after reviewing the commercial site Ancestry.com and the Mormons’ FamilySearch website, there are a multitude of other places on the internet where one might find birth, marriage and death information. This lecture reviews and illustrates the breadth of other vital records sources available, including other online genealogy sites; local, county, and state level public agencies; and from public, university and college libraries, and historical and genealogical societies.  Torrance Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA.  Free Admission.

  • Sunday, September 25, 1:30 p.m., Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society.  "Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch."  See description above.  Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, CA 92660.  Free Admission.


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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.

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