05a244bWelcome! Thank you for visiting PatriotGenealogy.com

I’m David Goerss. I am a professional genealogist with 17 years experience helping clients discover their legacies in American history.  In addition to conventional genealogical research, I am a specialist in military service records research, working to reveal the true stories of your ancestors’ lives.

Clients know me best by my reputation and rare ability to locate, analyze, and interpret even the most obscure, hard to find — and therefore, most enlightening and eye-opening — military service records.  I encourage you to see what people say in Testimonials.  Please contact me about your research project.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Prior to becoming a professional genealogist, I spent over 25 years in consulting and senior management roles with leading consumer packaged goods, food and beverage companies.  I draw on these professional research and managerial skills now to perform highly effective research of our country’s complex, widely dispersed, and often fragmented holdings of military records – getting you better results in less time.  


In addition to conventional genealogical research, I am especially adept at researching military service records for all branches (Army, Army Nurse Corps, Air Force, Navy, Navy Nurse Corps, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine) to help reconstruct a veteran’s detailed service history, document dates and locations throughout service, and provide details of combat experiences.

My client assignments have included soldiers, sailors, airmen, and nurses from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, California — and England!

I have expertise and special interest in the vast military records groups from World War I and World War II held in the National Archives, states’ archives, and other offices, institutions and agencies.  In addition, my client projects also include veterans of the Colonial Indian Wars, American Revolutionary Period, The Whiskey Rebellion (Pennsylvania, 1794), War of 1812, War of Texas Independence (1836), Mexican War (1846-1848), and American Civil War (1861-1865).

If you are thinking about hiring a professional genealogist, I encourage you to first consider when a specialist is needed and understand what you should expect.

To contact me about your research inquiry please click here.  For a questionnaire to help organize what you already know, click here.


I enjoy contributing written work to The California Nugget, the bi-annual journal of the California Genealogical Society.  My latest work is published in the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Fall 2015 editions as part of the “California Ancestors in World War I” series.

To contact me about writing an article for your journal or newsletter, or as a guest blogger… please click here.


I particularly enjoy presenting short and long format speaking and training programs to members and patrons of military museums, libraries, genealogy and historical societies, Rotary groups, companies, and other forums.  My current presentations on research strategy enable others to develop the framework and informed foundation necessary to conduct effective World War I & World War II research.

To contact me about speaking availability…please click here.


I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and California Genealogical Society.  I am a proud former trustee of USS Hornet Museum and Air Craft Carrier Hornet Foundation.


MBA (hons) from University of San Francisco and a BA degree in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.

To contact me about your research, writing, or speaking opportunity…please click here.




Featured image source: The Old Navy. Old Salts. People-Topics. Online Library of Selected Images. U.S. Naval Historical Center, Department Of The Navy, Washington, D.C. Digital images. Hyperwar (http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/arttopic/titles/old-navy.htm : accessed 24 February 2016); Photo # NH 2889.