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more specific databases!
I was looking at the tombstone for this couple, one Raymond and Hazel Herman buried in Union Cemetery in Dodge County, Wisconsin, when I noticed that Raymond died in 1959 at the age of about 39. How young. How sad. I also noticed his wife outlived him by quite a lot and passed in 2006. I did a search on Ancestry for Raymond Herman and got a bunch of nothing regarding his death. This was before the SSDI really covered much so I wasn't too hopeful there. I did find an obituary for his wife, Hazel, fairly easily. The obit was wonderful and told me when they were married and the year for when he died. Well, that's lovely, and very useful, but I wanted more of a date. Even a month to go with that year would help. A location of death would help too although looking at her obit I could narrow it down to Kohlsville, Washington County, WI. Still I didn't want to be looking through an entire year's worth of obits to try to find Raymond.
So I jumped to the Ancestry.com homepage and clicked on the link for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records and saw a link on the far right under "Featured Collections" where I could search their entire card catalog. I typed in "Wisconsin". I was delighted when I saw that there was a death record index from 1959-1997. I entered Raymond's name and it popped up as easy as that. I have no idea why it didn't come up in my main search. I had his name spelled the same as it appeared in the death record, but it took me actually searching that specific database to get anything. Now I know that Raymond died on December 14th, 1959 and I can try to find an obituary or request a death certificate for him. I need to verify that this Raymond truly was the child of Valentine and Hulda Herman. Now I can get a little closer to doing just that.
Bottom line though...search engines can be temperamental. You can put your information into the main engine and find very little that is relevant to the person you're looking for, but if you perform the same search in a specific database, it can yield genealogical gold!