Wow! Tom Kemp of NewsBank.com gave a wonderful talk to my local genealogy group last night. Lots of great tips and ideas to get us back to our keyboards for more research.
Among the many online gems he mentioned was FamilySearch Labs, a site with lots of almost-ready-for-prime-time tools and resources.
Try Record Search, where you can search by location and name to find ancestors in specific places or go broader by not narrowing the search. This goes beyond Census data to include death certificates and other original documents. Yes, you can click to see an image of an original document, not just the indexed data. I'm going to get busy typing in the names of some hard-to-find ancestors and take a look using this interesting tool. Will report back!