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.
2019 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, February 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Ventura County Genealogical
Society. "Using Maps and Gazetteers for Genealogy."
All genealogists want to see where their families came from on maps, but
often look in the wrong places or on the wrong type of maps. This
lecture discusses three ways of finding your ancestral homes: 1)
locating the place in gazetteers or similar sources; 2) finding it on
maps of the appropriate scale using the gazetteer information; and 3)
searching for the town on maps of appropriate scale if it can’t be found
in gazetteers. Map scales and levels of detail are discussed, along
with historical border changes and the history of map-making itself.
Sources for useful maps and gazetteers are summarized.
Camarillo Public Library Community Room, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd.,
Camarillo, CA. Free Admission.
June 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Genealogical Society of North Orange County
California. "Using Maps and Gazetteers for Genealogy."
Same description as above. Yorba Linda Community Center, 4501 Casa
Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
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.