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

Arlene Beare

We are delighted to announce that thousands of new Internal Passport files (1919-1941) have been added to the Jewishgen Latvia Database. The new records cover the city of Riga and towns of Daugavpils, Jekabpils and Rezekne. These files represent extracts from Internal Passport Issuance Books and Internal Passports handed in to the Riga Police. Apart from all the valuable information gleaned from these documents, most of them include photographs of the applicants and these are often the only photographs we have of this group, many of whom were murdered in the Shoah. We are very grateful to our volunteers Arlene Beare, Paul Cheifitz, Shoshana Grinbaum, Russ Maurer, Mark Maymind, Gary Sussman, Charlotte Wiener and Gal Richard Yair who have given so generously of their time and expertise to make this project happen. The database is searchable here:    


Please let us know if you find your relatives in this collection. We will be adding to this database regularly and we welcome volunteers to join in our efforts.

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Jewishgen Latvia Research Division


That's amazing. What a find.
Why were Internal passport issuance books required?
Am I right in assuming that this is internal to Poland or would it be mainland Europe?

My maternal family came from Lwow, Poland between the wars. They travelled to capital cities for holidays. May I ask would they have required some sort of passport and if so is there anywhere that I might search for them?
Many thanks.
Noreen (nee Thorne)
Szczepanski & Mrozowska  

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

Arlene Beare

Sorry I meant the Russian Empire ceased to exist after 1919.


Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division