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.  Information on his lectures and lecture topics can also be found on the website of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

  • Saturday, January 6, 2018, Orange County California Genealogical Society.  11:00 - "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor Online."  12:30 - "Emigration Records: Tracking Immigrants from the Other Side."  The first lecture reviews a variety of immigration and emigration databases that have become available over the Internet in the last couple of decades.  These databases have the potential to make searching for immigrant ancestors much easier and quicker than the older microfilm or print databases.  A number of such databases are discussed in this lecture, including the Ellis Island Database, Ancestry.com immigration databases, FamilySearch, the Castle Garden database, and others.  The limitations of these databases are discussed, and search tips offered for each database.  The second lecture reviews how U.S. immigration records of the 19th century are often not very informative, and how 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 compare the information they contain to that in U.S. passenger lists.  Hungtington Beach Library, Rooms C & D, Lower Level, 7111 Talbot Ave. (at Goldenwest Ave.), Huntington Beach, CA 92648.  Free Admission.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Ventura County Genealogical Society.  "They Became Citizens: An Overview of American Naturalization Records."  This lecture presents an overview of United States naturalization records. The first national naturalization law was established in 1790, and therefore this lecture focuses on 19th and 20th century naturalization proceedings. Naturalization procedures and forms during two basic time periods are discussed: from 1790 to September 27, 1906; and from September 27, 1906 forward. Finding aids to naturalization records are discussed, and a short bibliography of key works on naturalization records is provided.  Camarillo Public Library Community Room, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA.  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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