Web Links


Consumer Information

Give.org  Before making charitable donations one can check the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.  The alliance collects and distributes information on hundreds of nonprofit organizations that solicit nationally or have national or international program services.  The BBB Wise Giving Alliance never recommends one charity over another, and selects charities for evaluation based on the volume of donor inquiries about individual organizations. All local Better Business Bureaus in the United States disseminate Alliance educational materials. Local BBB’s also report on organizations whose fund raising efforts are local in scope.  

Upstate New York Better Business Bureau The Better Business Bureau provides marketplace

Employment and Career Related Sites

Before You Apply for Unemployment Provides answers to frequently asked questions.

Career One Stop Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor Career One Stop provides job hunters with a place to post a resume and look at job postings from all over the United States.

Career Zone Sponsored by the Chronicle for Higher Education lists employment opportunities from over 1,100 academic institutions.

Essential NY Jobs It is a meta-search engine that merges job-posting links for Central New York State. The database currently contains 8890 job links from 406 websites.

How to File an Unemployment Claim  Provides details on how to file.  In addition to the printed information there is a video that explains the process.

Job Hunters Bible A collection of articles and Internet resources designed to aid in the process of job hunting.  The site is designed as a supplement to his book What Color is Your Parachute which is available for loan at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

Looking For a Job Provides links to information about finding employment, including assistance available from the Department of Labor.

New York State Department of Civil Service Provides information on Civil Service as it relates to employment with New York State Agencies and it includes exam announcements.

New York State Department of Labor The site provides information for job seekers, employees and employers including but not limited to finding a job, employment programs, employment law and the labor market in New York State.

Onondaga County Department of Civil Service Provides information on Civil Service within Onondaga County including exam announcements.

Syracuse Newspapers Job hunters can post resume, check job listings and link to other career resources.

Unemployment Assistance A New York State Department of Labor site.  Broad categories include General Unemployment Information, Claims and Eligibility Deadlines, and Information for Employers.  Information is available in ten languages in addition to English.

USAJOBS The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site for federal employment opportunities.

Genealogy Sources

Ancestry.com and NYS Archives Partnership
National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
Ellis Island Passenger Search
GeneaNet.org: the Genealogy Search Engine
New York State GenWeb Archives
New York State Archives
New York State FamilySearch Online
Onondaga County Cemeteries
Roots Web

The library subscribes to Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest.  For access to ancestry.com you must visit a library as Ancestry does not sell remote access.  The library also subscribes to Heritage Quest and it can be accessed in the library or from home with your library card and pin number.

History Sites

Library of Congress Digital Collections Historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video resources from the Library of Congress.

The Avalon Project Primary documents in law, history, and diplomacy from the Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Documents range from the Roman era to 2000’s.

Medicare Information

Medicare Main Medicare site for consumers and others.  Use it for general information, answers to general questions and links to key applications.  I.e. “extra help” assistance for lower income people, Medicare Drug Plan Finder.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services  The federal agency that oversees both Medicaid and medicare.

Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) New York State’s site for HIICAP it describes key parts of this program.  Provides links to other NYS (e.g. EPIC Rx program) and national sources.

New York State of Health: Information on obtaining health insurance coverage in New York State.

Vital Records

New York State Health Department Genealogy Records and Resources
Onondaga County Birth and Death Records

Voter Information

Board of Elections for Onondaga County The Onondaga County Board of Elections is a County Office, responsible for all federal, state, county, city and town elections in Onondaga County.  The site contains board of election news, voter registration information, political calendar, candidate information, a list of polling places and maps outlining the political and election districts within Onondaga County.

Democratic National Committee  Official site of the Democratic Party.

E-democracy.org A non-profit, non-partisan citizen-based project, whose mission is to improve participation in democracy through the use of information networks.  Provides links to many sites related to the 2004 elections.

New York State 50th Senate District – Website for the Albany office of  Baldwinsville’s senator.

League Of Women Voters A nonpartisan political organiza tion, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

New York State Governor’s Office Contact information for the office of New York State Governor.

Republican National Committee Official site of the Republican Party.

William Barclay: Albany Office – website for the Albany office of Baldwinsville’s representative.

Vote Smart Dedicated to upholding the ideal of democracy and serving the American people with unbiased and accurate information

Vote 411 Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on various aspects of the election process.