Ted Gostin

Professional Genealogist

Welcome to the home page of Ted Gostin! I am a professional genealogist with 40 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 foreign 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.

 

2021 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.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m., Glendora Genealogical Group.  "Reconstructing A Slave Population: Rutherford County, Tennessee."  Genealogists researching African-American families often hit a wall with the 1870 census, are unable to trace families back into the slavery period. While there were slave schedules in censuses prior to 1870, the slaves were not listed by name, but only by sex, age and sometimes color. This lecture reviews the construction of a slave database for Rutherford County, TN, using deeds, probate records and other sources, and shows how that slave database could be used to give names to the unnamed people in slave schedules prior to 1870.  La Fetra Senior Center, 333 E. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741 (or by Zoom if facilities still closed to meetings).  Free Admission.

  • Saturday, September 17, 2002, 1:00 p.m., Shittier 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.  Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA  90602 (or by Zoom if facilities still closed to meetings)  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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