by Arlene Beare
Co-Director of Latvian Research
JewishGen Latvia Research Division has great news – the addition of a new database to Jewishgen. The Passport Issuance Books 1919-1941 have been placed online by Family Search and I have extracted the Jewish entries for Jekabpils formerly Jakobstadt. These were Internal Passports issued whenever a person wanted to travel way from home within the Russian Empire. In 1919 Latvia became Independent but the rules applied. Each record has the link to the original on the FamilySearch site and as they have photos of the Individuals are a particularly valuable resource. There are very few photos missing. It is always advisable to read the Introduction to any Database as well as doing a search as you get valuable information about the Database. There are 726 records. Some family names are more common than others and for example it you search the name Rotbardt you get 52 results for your search. When searching on the Jewishgen Latvia Database the new hits will be in the database entitled Passport Issuance Books 1919-1941. In the main the information is mainly of interest to those researching Jekabpils ,Daugapils and Krustpils but as the Place of Birth and Place of Origin are listed as well as their current address there may be information of interest to others with Latvian Heritage.