Hi @Timothy Joe Loomis you may watch these videos, extracted from FS Youtube channel, for a short introduction about how to use the different search functions available in FS. In case of specific requests about Italy researches, you can submit posts here @FamilySearch – Italia or here @Italy Genealogy Research . I hope may help! Regards
Depends on the area you are looking in. Many of the Civil registration records up til about 1906 are scanned and available through either FamilySearch or http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/?lang=en. You will need to look by region and then town to see the time period and records that are available. Not all of them are available!