Genealogyback.com is the largest newspaper archives for family history research. They have a 30 day trial for $9.95.
This website has Newspaper Obituaries from 1977 -current
Historical Newspapers from 1690-2007
Historical Books from 1801-1900
Historical Documents from 1789-1984
Soical Security Death Index from 1937-current
African-American Newspaper 1827-1999 (Just released)
Please check it out and hopefully you will find that missing link you've been hoping for.