Hi. Adobe does not offer a free converter. There IS a low-cost service to create PDF called, of all things, CreatePDF. It's a subscription for $7.50 a month.
That being said, If you are using MS Word, most newer versions come with a PDF converter. It would be under File>Save as.
Hello, I just realized Save As PDF in word by default makes it not searchable. What you need to do in Word is save as PDF, then choose options, and deselect bitmap text when fonts may not be embedded. Not sure, but you might want to make sure you use very standard fonts in Word, such as Arial, so there's no question the font can be converted. This now works...in case someone else is wondering