I've always wondered why I could never find Joseph T. Allen in the Ohio death certificates at FamilySearch. He lived most of his adult life in the Warren area, so his death should have been registered in Trumbull County, right? Plus, I know he was buried in Union Cemetery (AKA Niles City Cemetery) which is in Trumbull County.
Well, today I got a copy of Joseph's obituary. At the time of his death he was visiting his daughter who lived nearby... in Sharon, Mercer, Pennsylvania. So not only did Joseph not die in Trumbull County, he didn't even die in the state of Ohio!
To make sure, I decided to look for him in the Pennsylvania death indices online. With minimal effort, I found him:
Since all my Pennsylvania ancestors left before vital records began to be kept, I have no experience with ordering records from the state. I have heard that it can take a very long time and easily turn into a nightmare.
Then again, I'm not in a hurry, it is a record I'd like to have, and it would be a new experience. Hmm...