Note: This passport was the subject of the November 28, 2013 post, but it is posted here in a different context with new information.
GGS member Cynthia Jacobson learned about her great-grandfather, Johann Ferdinand Hutop, from his internal travel passport. As a tischler, a cabinet maker, he also made coffins. He most likely traveled throughout the area for work and needed the passport as part of his identification papers.
The hardened face and the gnarly fingers show the life of a workman, a tischler. In the upper right hand corner is a circular stamp with the letters “Verwaltungsgebit Suwalki” which means Administration (Verwaltungs) Area (gebiet) of Suwalki.Another researcher has suggested that this document is from the World War I period. This region was under German occupation in this time; the document’s main language is German, and the stamps on it showed the German Eagle.”
This information suggests that Johann Ferdinand Hutop was alive until the World War I era and that someone in the family sent this passport to his daughter in Michigan.
As a “tischler” Johann Ferdinand Hutop was required to have an internal travel passport called a “reisepass” which was provided by the police at the “Landratsamt,” the Kreis or court administration.
The terms on the reverse side are written in both German and Polish, another indication of the era. The author had previously wondered why a document like this was not in Russian if it were from the “Russification” era especially after 1863 to 1918 when Lithuania became independent.
Administrative Area Suwalki
1. Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki
2. Paβ Nr.: (passport number) 41743
3. Wohnort: (Town of residence) Hassfortowo
Wohnstätte: (Residence) Kunigiszki
4. Vor=u. Zuname: (First and last name)
Imie i nazwisko Johann Gutop
5. Geburtsdatum: (Date of birth) 15.6.1846
bzw. ungefahres Alter: (Approximate age)
albo wiek [Left Blank]
6. Geburtsort: (Place of birth) Gize
Gemeinde: (Community) Gize (i.e. ditto marks)
Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki
Two locations on the passport– Wilkowiszki and Gize have been identified on historical maps of Lithuania. The significance of the two other locations is explained in the November 28, 2013 post.
This is the last of five posters displayed at the Germanic Genealogy Society conference.