There are 3 or 4 ways to accomplish this and below are the two easiest and best ways (in my opinion). Choose to watch a short (very) video tutorial or read on.
Never fear - there is a way to find out how to do all of this - and it is easy peasy.
Check out this one minute video to find out how - yes one minute! You have a minute to spare don't you? You don't? Then take more than a minute and read through the descriptive tutorial below. Your choice!
Don't get stuck in global search "hell". Focus in on specific collections.
Here are the steps to find state and county-based collections, and the same techniques can be used for any geographic location worldwide:
Option 1 - Use the Card Catalog:
Step 1 - Log in to ancestry.com and go to the Search Tab and select the Card Catalog option. You then should see this:
Step 1 - Log in to ancestry.com and go to the Search Tab and select the "Search All Records" option. Scroll to the bottom and then you should see this:
That's all there is to it. You can see what collections by state and or county are available for searching. You can now search more specifically instead of generally and have a better chance of honing on records for your ancestor in question.
Good luck and happy hunting!