The Ancestry.com Blog posting for Nov 20, 2013, illustrates how vital records can provide much background information for an historical event, in this case the assassination of John F Kennedy, on Nov 22, 1963. The title of the blog: “Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection – See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/20/assassination-john-f-kennedy-historical-record-collection/#sthash.TBMaOdtO.dpuf”
Ancestry used this blog post to announce the introduction of 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of State Health Services. An official from Ancestry.com provided the following comments:
Dan Jones, Vice President of Content Acquisition at Ancestry.com: “Stories can be gleaned from every record we put on Ancestry.com, whether it’s an ancestor’s personal story, or an important moment in our nation’s history. For example, just a few records in the newly-available Texas collections paint a picture of the events surrounding JFK’s death. These records can provide a similar level of insight to those with Texas family histories, who will find great amounts of information in these record sets.”
Included with the blog are the president’s death certificate, as well as those of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.
BTW, the newly available online vital records collection from Texas includes the amended birth certificate for Lyndon B Johnson, who assumed the presidency upon the death of John Kennedy. The collection spans nearly a century: from 1890 to 1980.
I will be checking this collection for details of several ancestors and relatives who lived in Texas.