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.
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.
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,
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. No charge.
Saturday, October 18,
9:00 - 4:00, Antelope Valley Genealogical Society Thirty-Fourth Annual
Kin-Dig. "Emigration Records: Tracking Immigrants from the
Other Side." Reviews a
variety of emigration records from different European ports, comparing
the information to that in U.S. immigration records, and looking at the
reasons for the creation of the emigration records. Fellowhip
Hall, Lancaster Methodist Church. Paid registration
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.