Hello David,

Thank you for a wonderful presentation — “Path to Glory: Start Researching Your WWI Ancestor Without Getting Lost.” I am glad we were your first presentation on this topic in the format used…..Everyone had the same reaction–“fabulous”, “one of the best presentations I’ve attended”, and many such comments such as these. Hands down, everyone thought it one of our better presentations, a few said it was the best, and most had someone they were going home to try what they learned. One of our members, Patrick L., shared his research finding with our members the next day. Patrick sent off for copies of his ancestors’ WWI records. He was very happy and shared his results with our members.  When I asked if the pace of the presentation was too fast, all said it was just right. Congratulations on your new topic presentation!….Once again, thank you for a very informative presentation! It generated a lot of positive comments!

Kay Speaks, First VP, Program Chair, Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, Livermore, California USA


I think that’s the most accurate Power Point presentation I’ve seen from someone outside our facility.  Thank you!!  It’s very refreshing to see that.

[Feedback on presentation entitled, “20th Century Military Records Call for 20th Century Patience,” advice for preparing effective requests for military service records from National Archives at St. Louis.]

Theresa Fitzgerald, Supervisory Archivist, Chief Reference Branch, National Archives at St. Louis

Recently, David Goerss submitted two excellent articles to the California Nugget, the twice-a-year journal of the California Genealogical Society.  His submissions, on military topics, were informative, historical, and extraordinary in their scope, containing abundant and relevant sources.

His in-depth research produced lively and compelling narratives of great interest to a wide variety of readers.

David’s natural writing style is organized, engaging and lively. That, combined with his professional-level knowledge of grammar and syntax, makes him a writer whose work will always be welcomed. He has a gift for making complex topics easy to understand, and the addition of carefully selected photos and images, with detailed captions, enhances both the narrative and his research.

Working with David is a real pleasure. He is reliable, easy to communicate with and prompt in his replies to inquiries or questions. He meets deadlines and listens to feedback.  Additionally, he was unfailingly patient with the necessarily tedious aspects of editing as we approached publication.

David always cheerfully supplies any last-minute needed material.

I’m already looking forward to his next article and hope that he will continue to offer the California Genealogical Society the opportunity to publish his fine research.

Jane Hufft, Editor, The California Nugget, California Genealogical Society, Oakland, California USA

I employed Mr. Goerss in relation to a non-fiction book that I was writing, to carry out some complex research into the Forces background of a flyer in the US Naval Air Reserve in the late 1940s/50s. I had already trawled through the obviously available records – Ancestry, military rolls, etc.
I was astonished and delighted when he produced a veritable mine of information, culled from the most obscure and hard-to-find records.
He completely found the answers to my questions, in a very prompt and efficient manner, and at a very reasonable cost.
Not only this, but he is swift to reply and always courteous.
I cannot recommend Mr. Goerss highly enough, and would not hesitate to seek his assistance on other research projects.

Piu Eatwell, non-fiction writer, Paris, France

Dear Dave,

I can’t thank you enough for your help with my genealogy research. When I first contacted you, I was worried about finalizing my presentation at an upcoming family reunion. I had hit so many genealogical road blocks that my story was incomplete. But your guidance and amazing research techniques truly put my mind at ease!

You were able to uncover things I had been searching for (e.g., Alfred’s naturalization, proofs of military service, military unit history; Dolores’ date of death, etc.) that helped round out the entire story on my family.

I also appreciated your professionalism and organization. It was reassuring for me to know exactly which areas you would work on, and to get your updates on progress, as well as on dead ends.

As you well know, genealogy research can easily become a black hole of time! But your thorough reports and feedback helped me accomplish my goals and stay on budget.

Thanks to you, the presentation was a great success.  I enjoyed working together on the search and hope we can work together again on the other side of my family’s history.

Best regards,

M. Smith, family historian, Oakland, California USA