What is the Family Search website about, you ask?
God bless the Mormons, literally and figuratively. You see, the core principle of the religion is that we are all related, back to Adam and Eve. And wouldn’t you know that the collective work of the members is to prove just that.
Wonderfully, technological advances with computers and the internet have spurred on a herculean effort by the Mormon Church to digitize the microfilmed records and eventually make them all available on their own website. In the case where an original document has yet be digitally scanned (or the image is only available through a paid partner site like Ancestry.com), the general information found in the record has been added to the searchable database. Using the different search filters (name, date, life event - like birth, or residence place) you can try to find a census record, or church records that were photographed by a team of Mormons taking over a town for a week.
You can find Family Search at www.familysearch.org.