I am trying to wrap up a book I'm writing about my grandfather (sort of like a bio) here within the next week or 2. Most of it is just word of mouth from his kids but I did do some research on census records and the like and I did find some interesting things but it brought up a few questions as well. For instance, I am trying to find out when his step-mother passed away--I know the year but am trying to find the exact date. Is there a free place where I can find death records? I have tried lots of different things and haven't found any free death records but I also can't find her on any census's although I've found some of her siblings and her parents. It just seems strange that some people keep coming up in the census's and others you can't find anything at all. I actually can't find my grandmother/grandfather on any census's either. Strange.