Kathryn Brannigan Walizer
Looking for Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries? Check out the genweb. Just type in http://www.deathindexes.com/ and a list of states and the District of Columbia will pop up; the first one I looked at was Online Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes and Obituaries.
Here I found Pennsylvania Obituaries Archive that included various newspapers and years. You never know, your year may be listed so check it out.
Next, I scrolled down to Philadelphia Death Certificates and up popped a Family Search page that I typed my ancestor Michael Lawler’s death date into and viola, up pops the record, a downloadable death certificate.
However, once I left the genweb for Family Search I had to retype the original online death records online at genweb. You could just save it in favorites for easy return.
Next state I looked under was Ohio, and viola more success. The good people of Family Search have scanned in many of Ohio death certificates and I found another relatives' death certificate for the year 1947.
I checked many of the states and Family Search has a variety of years scanned in for free, but not every year for every state, so look over the list and see if your state and year is included. What is great about this site is that it lists the years that the free certificates are available so if you know the name and year you are half way there!!