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.
View a "Who Do You Think You Are"
segment featuring Ted Gostin.
View the presentation
"Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives."
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 foreign 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.
Ted Gostin lectures frequently throughout Southern
California. His lecture schedule is listed below. Information on
his lectures and lecture topics can also be found on the website of the
Genealogical Speakers Guild.
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 1:00 p.m.
Whittier Area Genealogical
Society, "Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry & 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.
Sorenson Library, 6934 Broadway Avenue, Whittier, CA 90606 (or
by Zoom if facilities still closed to meetings)
January 22, 2023, 2:00 p.m. CST, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois,
"Ukrainian Jewish Records - New Online Resources." Recent
years have seen an explosion of online Ukrainian-Jewish genealogical
records, after decades of having almost no access to such records.
Sources include what is commonly called the Alex Krakovsky website, a
Wikimedia site with millions of Jewish records from Ukrainian archives
scanned by Alex Krakovsky and others; digitization projects at many
branches of the Ukrainian State Archives; continued filming of Ukrainian
records by the Mormons’ Family History Library and FamilySearch website;
and partial indexes of Ukrainian-Jewish records by private genealogists
on several internet sites, in both Russian and English. This lecture
reviews these resources and shows how to use them and what can be found
in the records, using the speaker’s own family as an example.
Zoom lecture, free admission. See website for meeting link.
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.