Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Share a Unique Document That Provided New Information

Saturday has rolled around once again and I can’t believe we are just a couple of days away from May. 2023 is flying by.

Randy Seaver has posted this week’s challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

1) Have you found a unique document or record (e.g., not a vital record, military record, probate record, etc.) that provided new and/or unique information for one or more of your ancestors? How did it affect your research? Please share your find.

I found a truly unique document, thanks to a comment left by a reader on one of my blog posts. Abraham Estermann, my husband’s 8X great grandfather, was born c1657 in Sinsheim, Germany and died on 28 April 1721 in Barbelroth, Germany.

As a young man, he suffered a fractured skull that left a hole in his head and he lived to tell about it! How do I know this is true? Because he was written up in a medical journal, complete with an artist’s sketch, in 1720:

I’ve never come across anything like this before in my genealogical research. I not only learned about his medical miracle, the sketch likely provides a good likeness of Abraham.

It didn’t really affect my research, but I think it qualifies as my most fascinating find ever.

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge.



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