Now I understand! And I don't think I can tell you anything you don't already know, but to answer your questions . . .
What searching the index would do is reassure you that the name really doesn't appear! Strikes me that there is a very tiny chance that whoever processed your request in Albany might have missed something; if you looked yourself, you'd know for sure. You could also look for other spellings, different first name, etc.
And IF you happend to find something, you would know the town where the death was recorded for certain. I don't believe Utica would have a Floyd death record, for example. To the best of my knowledge, the deaths are recorded by the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the area in which a person dies and the records stay there.
I suppose there might be a small chance of finding a burial permit--don't know how early they go, but that should be found in the town/city where the person was buried.
Do you know which church he belonged to? Church records might indicate when/where he died.
Is there a chance that you could find a will for someone that might mention brothers who would carry the same surname as the maiden name? Or, an obituary might help in that way.
OK--I'll stop! Good luck in your search!
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