Well there's a Kipp Family tree on Ancestry.com with lots of info, including censuses. It shows Fern as born in Nebraska. and dying in San Antonio Texas. So I'd try those states first. But generally Family Search will do a pretty good job of finding records of people even without locations if you enter the name and a date or two. And since the site is free, you'd be well off to set up an account there and use it often.