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.


2014 Speaking Engagements

Ted Gostin lectures frequently throughout Southern California.  His lecture schedule is listed below.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.  Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society monthly meeting.  "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 your own brick walls. The three case studies involving 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).  Lecture takes place at the Los Angeles Family History Library (Mormon Library), 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90025.  Admission is free.

  • Saturday, June 7, 5:00 p.m.  Southern California Genealogical Society, 45th Annual Jamboree.  "Russian Directories as Genealogical Resources."  Since the late 1980s, genealogists researching families from Russia have become increasingly aware of Russian directories as genealogical resources.  While similar in some respects to American city directories, the Russian books are different enough so that they can’t be used in exactly the same ways.  This lecture will review three different types of Russian directories, compare the typical contents of each type, consider their usefulness as genealogical research tools, and illustrate how to access and use them. Paid registration required; see the Jamboree website for details.  Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA.

  • Saturday, September 27, 11:00 a.m.  Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.  "Breaking Down Brick Walls:  Three Case Studies."  First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105.


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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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