Renee, You've posted only 4 times since January 2002.That's a LONG time between research...at least on the GenForum.Perhaps you've posted more often on Rootsweb.com?
As far as Stephen George Palmer:When you post on a genealogy site, post as much information as you have on a person.There are FAR more chances of someone like me, a researcher/volunteer that will find your questions and look for you; than the chances of a family member finding it.If you know their date of birth...ALWAYS post if you can.Otherwise, post parents, children, siblings, where they were born, where they lived, WHEN anything happened-birth, lived, etc.That ALWAYS helps find them.
As for your Stephen George Palmer.I did find a Stephen G. Palmer, living in Alameda, California in the 1930 census with his parents George I and Irene.But, I really don't have enough to base any potential person upon any potential finding.
For an obit.First, the person had to have been in an area long enough to have people that would know him in an obit.So, if someone was just passing through and died in an automobile accident, there probably wouldn't be an obit in that area.Second, there had to be a member of the family or friend that wanted an obit enough to pay for it in the local newspaper.Third, sometimes a person without family have a "death notice" published in the local paper, but this is from the funeral home and usually just a bit more than an advertisement.Since he died in 1990, obits were more common, if he died in 1909, the chances were rare for an obit.
So, with that said. The other "researcher" identified the Oregon Library System as a place to seek an obituary.They used the link of "www.uoregon/libraries.net.That link WILL NOT WORK.I have NO idea where that address was found.The Oregon Library System has volunteers for lookups, but their email address is http://www.oregonlibraries.nethttp://www.oregonlibraries.net
As far as obtaining a death certificate, Oregon DOES have privacy laws; BUT, if you are a relation.I've TRIED to make that clear to the other person...but... read: http://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/chs/order/faqs.shtml#deathordhttp://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/chs/order/faqs.shtml#deathord SHOTGUN (the other person who shoots as many answers as possible without aiming for accuracy) READ IT ALSO.ALSO, read the qualifications to order a BIRTH CERTIFICATE, copy it and put it near your computer.