I love sharing FamilySearch.org with my beginning genealogists. Why? It has a huge variety of resources, including original records, how-to videos, and a genealogy version of “wikipedia.” They love it and spend hours on the site. But there’s something beginners usually miss.
The Family History Library catalogue is linked to the site. Click on “catalogue” under search. In theory, it isn’t a huge help for a quick research question: it contains information on books and microfilms stored in the Family History Library. In theory, those resources have to be accessed either at the FHL or sent to a Family History Center. In reality, some resources are accessible as digital books through links on the catalogue.
Spend the extra few minutes to check out the FHL catalogue. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a resource far more accessible than you had thought.