An article in this morning's Eastman's Online Newsletter turned up a fantastic new resource for me. Turns out FamilySearch has set up Facebook groups devoted entirely to genealogical research in a specific state or country. I took a quick look at the site for Massachusetts. Thus far, it features everything from requests for help to a listing of resources. The site is run by an administrator-volunteer who has to have research experience in the state. These look like a wonderful starting point for a "newbie" or a place for guidance for a more advanced research.
Unfortunately for us Connecticut researchers, there is no Connecticut site as of yet. This is a pilot project, and FamilySearch is adding new sites as they are requested. You can weigh in at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Facebook_Research_Community. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to find a community for another place you're researching!