Re: JewishGen's Latvia Database Grows #belarus #courland #latvia #JewishGenUpdates

Arlene Beare

Noreen these Internal passports were for people from Latvia not Poland. Passport Issuance Books are Books that record what passports were issued and to whom.
Passports were handed in to the Riga Police between 1919 and 1940 as the Soviet Union ceased to exist after 1919.  Our database includes data from the Issuance Books and data from the Passports handed in to the Riga Police.
If you would like to know about Internal passports please go to

In order to move from place to place in the Former Russian Empire one needed an Internal Passport. Our collection is for Latvia and the Litvak RD have Internal passports for Lithuania,
Research for ancestors from Poland is best done on the jri-pl site  as they have an extensive collection of Records and  Resources.  Your ancestors would have required Passports to travel to Capital Cities.  I do not think  Internal Passports were used in Poland.

Please note that Lwow was in Poland but is now Lviv in Ukraine.

Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division

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