JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Same person listed on two passenger manifests within ten days #general
Barbara Sloan <bj1friends@...>
Allan Jordan stated, "Remember most people arrived at the port with no
identification other than their word. Passports did not exist and
many were in effect leaving their countries without papers or even
While I'm sure that is true in many cases and I can't speak to other
countries, I have a copy of my ggrandfather's passport >from Russia
from 1905, in which he traveled with three of his minor childrenlisted. It is written in Cyrillic (presumably Russian), German and
French. It is essentially the same format shown here:
It appears that he made several trips to and >from Russia until he had
brought his entire family to America, starting at least by 1897.
Russia had passports by at least early 1905, based on this. It's not a
stretch to think they existed in 1904, though a quick internet search
did not substantiate my opinion.