Family Search has research wikis that combine useful information to researchers. You can see the years civil records are kept, where to research online and physical records and information about the area you want to research.  They are a wonderful resource for the fledgling and experienced researcher alike. Below are some links to wikis for my state and states that surround me (Pennsylvania).


New York

New Jersey



And if you want to view the wikis for all locations – you can start at the main Wiki page.