Jennifer Liber Raines has always loved a good story and a problem to solve. As the co-owner of Bridge & Case, she gets to pursue her passions working as a genealogical/historical researcher and communications consultant. For ten years, she has helped clients explore history and find creative solutions. Jen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, who received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her professional certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.
Jen believes in the power of history and the importance of preservation. She currently serves as a member of the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board (NYSHRAB) and as The Buffalo History Museum’s Board Vice-President and Chair of Advancement. She is a past President of the Western New York Genealogical Society and its current Chair of Preservation.
Jen’s research focuses on the history and experiences of Western New York’s poor, specifically individuals who lived and worked at the Erie County Poorhouse (1851-1926) and those children who were bound out and placed in orphanages by the County of Erie (before 1900). From 2013 to 2020, she served as a member of the University at Buffalo’s Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project.
Jen is a frequent lecturer and contributor to print publications including the Western New York Genealogical Society JOURNAL, Swedish American Historical Quarterly, and Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States. Jen is the recipient of the New York State Archives’ William Hoyt Award for Excellence in Advocacy (2019), the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Empire Service Award (2018), and the Buffalo History Museum’s Owen B. Augspurger Award for Local History (2016).
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