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A New, Comprehensive Index to
Early Los Angeles Vital Records!

Southern California Vital Records

Volume 1:  Los Angeles County 1850-1859

This volume presents something never before available -- a detailed index to birth, marriage and death records in Los Angeles County at a time when there were no public birth or death records.  Data on almost 8,000 events has been compiled from 26 different public and private sources in seven different repositories.  The sources can be grouped into nine basic record types:

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  • Public marriage records
  • Church records
  • Probate records
  • Censuses
  • Cemetery records
  • Newspaper announcements
  • Local histories
  • Personal memoirs
  • "Who's Who" books

This groundbreaking work is the first volume in a series which will eventually cover Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1889, a period in which the public recording of vital records was incomplete.  Each successive volume will cover one decade.  Volume 1 includes data on Orange County, which was then still part of Los Angeles County, and parts of  Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.   Data in the first volume was compiled over a three-year period by the author, Ted Gostin, a professional genealogist in Los Angeles with almost 40 years experience researching Los Angeles County records.

View Sample Pages from Each Chapter -- Births, Marriages and Deaths

There are separate chapters for Births & Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths and Burials.  Each chapter has introductory comments, followed by the indexes themselves.  Each index is presented in tables on two facing pages.  Information on the participants in the event is presented on the left-hand page, while dates, source information and comments are presented on the right-hand page.   Entries are numbered consecutively and record numbers are presented on both pages, making it easy to track one record from the left-hand to right-hand page.  The birth and death indexes are presented in single, alphabetical lists, while marriages are presented in two alphabetical lists, one for both brides and grooms.
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Sample Birth Index Pages

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Sample Marriage Index Pages

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Sample Death Index Pages

Order Your Copy Today for Only $49.95!

This work will be valuable for both genealogists and historians.  It is a "must-have" volume for genealogical libraries, historical societies, and serious Los Angeles genealogists.   You can order your copy now, by printing out the Book Order Form, completing it with the information on the right, and mailing or faxing it to us with your payment.

Southern California Vital Records
Volume 1:  Los Angeles County 1850-1859

You may pay by check, money order, or PayPal (for Visa or MasterCard orders).  All orders must be prepaid in full; no books are shipped on the basis of purchase orders.  Order today, and add this valuable new work to your library!
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$5.50 1st book; $2.00 each additional

8 x 11 inches
Hardcover (no dust jacket)

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A number of other works are in various planning stages, although no specific dates have been set for their publication.  These include:

Opening the Golden Door:  Getting the Most from New York Passenger Arrival Records, by Ted Gostin
A thorough explanation of the New York customs and immigration passenger lists and their indexes.  Illustrates how to use the available indexes, describes their limitations, offers strategies for searching in unindexed years, and shows how to use the index information to find the actual passenger lists.  Also describes the process of creating both the lists and the indexes, and debunks numerous myths about the passenger lists. 
Genealogical Resources in Southern California, by Ted Gostin.
A detailed guide to genealogical research sites in Southern California, with the emphasis on Los Angeles County. Includes libraries and public records offices, with separate chapters on each research site and research subject area.
Russian Genealogical Resources in American Repositories, by Ted Gostin.
Genealogists researching Russian roots have long been frustrated by the relative absence of Russian genealogical resources available in the west. This book reviews the resources from the Russian empire that are currently available, and those that are now becoming available. The topics covered include vital records (in both Polish and Russian formats), revision lists (tax censuses), Russian business and city directories, the Russian Consular Records, Russian newspapers, passenger arrival indexes, maps & gazetteers, collected biographies, encyclopedias, Internet resources, and genealogical societies. Under each of these topics, the book will have special sections on Jewish-Russian resources.
The Shtetl Atlas, by Ted Gostin.
A compilation of street plans of Eastern European shtetls, the small Jewish towns made famous in Jewish literature and folklore. Using information from a variety of sources, including published maps, yizkor (memorial) books, encyclopedias, and gazetteers, detailed street plans of over 400 shtetls are planned. Each map will be accompanied by a page of basic information about the town and its Jewish community, including a town history, population statistics, prominent personalities from the town, and its history during the Holocaust.

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