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Do you keep passports? #advice

fotolinda
 

Do you keep old passports that you find of family members? I've come across one that doesn't have a lot of stamps- a couple to Tel Aviv and one to Frankfurt. It was used later on in the life. I'm sure he had many more passports prior to this one.

Just curious what others do. 


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Linda Epstein
fotolinda@...
Grodno and Sokolka: TIKOTZINSKI---> EPSTEIN
Minsk: SPUND
Makow: SAFIAN, SAFFIAN, WEINSTEIN
Ruzany: GROSSMAN

fredelfruhman
 

I do keep them, feeling that they are an important part of the history.

If you don't want to -- or have room to -- keep them, I would definitely at least scan them (cover plus all pages that have entries) in high resolution, and keep several copies of the file.

Fredel Fruhman

Robert Fraser
 

Absolutely!

Passports are not only vital official and formal evidence, if it should be needed, but essential in family research. I still have my parent's (german) passports from when they left Vienna for Britain in 1939, with the various stamps and visas. They provided much-needed assistance when I was re-constructing their migration history.
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Robert W Fraser

Perth, Western Australia

Researcher 6342
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Isabel Cymerman
 

You can always donate important historical papers to a Jewish repository.  Maybe, start with the Center for Jewish History.

Isabel Cymerman

jbonline1111@...
 

My father's first cousin gave me a copy of their grandfather's passport, which included the names of three of his children traveling with him.  This was very helpful in searching passenger manifests.  I wish I had the original, even if only for the sake of history.

Sniderlh
 

Hi Linda,

Just recently, I, had the good fortune to find a passport for two family members.  YES, keep, or scan (the whole thing) and keep them.  I feel they can really help "flesh out" the life of that ancestor, and anything more than names & dates is a bonus, in my book.  In my case, the passport has also been helpful in cracking open a brick wall in my research.  I can only hope to find more passports.

Leah Heilpern Snider

fotolinda
 

I appreciate all of you who responded with your own research and keeping passports. I believe I have an earlier passport of my grandfather's that would give me more "insight" into him. This one is later in his years, with only 2 stamps- I think given in the last 10 years of his life. I know my grandparents were very much world travelers, and this one doesn't show it.

I am lucky I got to interview him and my grandmother back in the 90s and get some good stories. My mother was even surprised with what I got- she never heard the story of her mother traveling over on the Rotterdam to Ellis Island, but she knew she came from Makow, Poland and that [my mother's] father was born in Utica, NY.

I will be sure to hold onto the passports I find from relatives, and will probably scan this one's inside cover, just to have with my files.


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Linda D. Epstein
fotolinda@...
Grodno and Sokolka: TIKOTZINSKI---> EPSTEIN
Minsk: SPUND
Makow: SAFIAN, SAFFIAN, WEINSTEIN
Ruzany: GROSSMAN

bernerfolk
 

Link to border crossing manifest for Nathan Wiesenfeld (his wife arrived with Chawe).  He's going to his B-I-L at 396 Hastings, no name given, but...
further down the list is Marcus Eder who is a US citizen, also going to 396 Hastings. 

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1075&h=5916440&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=fsM2614&_phstart=successSource

Finally, link to border crossing for Pinkas (indexed as Tinka Schlussel) , going to his brother Marcus in NY. 

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1075/m1464_5-0038/132468?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdbid%3d1075%26gsln%3dsch*l%26gsln_x%3d1%26msady%3d1899%26msady_x%3d1%26msadm%3d8%26msadm_x%3d1%26msadd%3d12%26msadd_x%3d1%26msapn__ftp%3dquebec%252c%2bcanada%26msapn%3d5009%26hc%3d20%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26uidh%3de31%26redir%3dfalse&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

and, border crossing for Meyer Schissel (likely the husband Sara and ch are going to the following spring).  He's going to his brother Moses in NY.

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1075/m1464_3-0484?pid=66386&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc%3DfsM2626%26_phstart%3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26indiv%3D1%26dbid%3D1075%26gsln%3Dsch*l%26gsln_x%3D1%26msady%3D1899%26msady_x%3D1%26msadm%3D8%26msadm_x%3D1%26msadd%3D12%26msadd_x%3D1%26msapn__ftp%3Dquebec,%2520canada%26msapn%3D5009%26new%3D1%26rank%3D1%26uidh%3De31%26redir%3Dfalse%26msT%3D1%26gss%3Dangs-d%26pcat%3D40%26fh%3D11%26h%3D66386%26recoff%3D%26ml_rpos%3D12&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=fsM2626&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.248129664.642911791.1579200846-1859318226.1534280181

Sherri Venditti
The Berkshires, USA