If you have not found a death certificate for your ancestor, and they died within the time frame of available records, maybe they died in a different county than they lived.

My great-grandmother, Margaret Rodman McGhee Bradshaw, resided in Delray Beach, Florida. She died while visiting her son in Stanford, Kentucky. Her death certificate will not be in Palm Beach County, Florida, but in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

So, if you can’t find the record where your ancestor lived, look at the places where the children lived. You may find it there!