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JENNIFER LIBER RAINES

Genealogical and Historical Researcher.  

Preservation & Access Advocate.

Marketing & Communications Consultant.

email: jliberraines@bridgeandcase.com |  phone: 716-550-2439

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CONCENTRATIONS

  • Genealogical and Historical Research

  • Preservation and Access

  • Presentations (in-person and online)

  • Project Management

  • Community Outreach and Advocacy

  • Marketing and Communications

PROFILE


Jennifer Liber Raines has always loved a good story and problem to solve.  


After a successful career in marketing and communications, her curiosity and her passion for research and storytelling led her to genealogy.  For the past ten years, she has been helping clients, researchers, and community members explore and document history.  Deeply committed to preservation and partnerships, Jennifer is a member of the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board (NYSHRAB).  She is a past President of the Western New York Genealogical Society and its current Chair of Preservation.  From 2017-2022, Jennifer was a member of The Buffalo History Museum’s Board of Managers, where she also served as Board Vice-President and Chair of Advancement.

Jennifer’s personal research focuses on the history of Western New York’s institutional poor; specifically, her work documents the lives and experiences of individuals who worked and received care at the Erie County Poorhouse (1851-1926) as well as those children bound out and placed at local orphanages by the County of Erie.  From 2013-2019, Jennifer served as a contributing member of the University at Buffalo’s Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project.  

Jennifer is a frequent lecturer and a past contributor to such publications as the Western New York Genealogical Society Journal, Swedish American Historical Quarterly, and Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States.  She is a 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).  

A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Jennifer received her professional certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and her B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE


New York State Historical Records Advisory Board   2018-Present    


The Buffalo History Museum  2017-2022

  • Board Vice-President    2020-2022

  • Advancement Committee Chair   2019-2022

  • Strategic Planning Committee Member    2019-2022

Western New York Genealogical Society

  • Preservation Chair  2018-Present

  • President   2017-2019

  • Publicity & Community Outreach Chair   2012-2019

  • Programming Chair   2012-2017

University at Buffalo

  • Contributing Member, Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project   2013-2019

  • Volunteer Researcher, National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program Grant: Battle of Scajaquada Creek Bridge   2017

RECENT PUBLICATIONS


Liber Raines, J. (2020). Early Buffalo (New York) Tax and Assessment Roll Books: 1815 to 1823 [Series]. Western New York Genealogical Society JOURNAL, 46(4), 181-191; 47(1), 42-47; and 47(2), 88-95. 


Liber Raines, J. (2019). Children Bound Out by the Erie County Superintendents of the Poor, 1864-1868 [Series]. Western New York Genealogical Society JOURNAL, 45(1), 32-45; 45(2), 89-95; 45(3), 129-143; 45(4), 173-181; 46(1), 16-30; and 46(2), 78-95. 


Sandy, D., Jones, J.E., & Liber Raines, J. (2016). The Buffalo Orphan Asylum and the Settlement of Swedes in Northern Pennsylvania and Western New York. The Swedish American Historical Quarterly, 67(4), 216-240.


Nystrom, K.C., Sirianni, J., Higgins, R., Perrelli, D., & Liber Raines, J. (2016). Structural Inequality and Postmortem Examination at the Erie County Poorhouse. In K.C. Nystrom (Ed.), The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States (pp. 279–300). Springer International. 


Liber Raines, J.L. (2016). Erie County Children and Orphans Placed at Local Charitable Institutions (1875-1882) [Series]. Western New York Genealogical Society JOURNAL, 41(2), 53-65; 41(3), 111-120; 41(4), 157-174; 42(1), 6-14; 42(3), 105-110; and 42(4), 166-170. 

CONFERENCE POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS


Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: The Lives & Lessons of the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project [Conference luncheon presentation]. New York Archives Annual Conference (2019, June 7), Rochester, NY. 


Liber Raines, J. (2014, April 14). The Importance of Documentary Evidence in Understanding Demographic Patterns at the Erie County Poorhouse (1851-1926) [Conference symposium poster]. Association of Physical Anthropologists 2014 Conference, Calgary, AB, Canada. 


Higgins, R. & Liber Raines, J. (2014, April 14). Confirming Burial Location in the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Using Death Certificates and Mortality Records from 1880-1913 [Conference symposium poster]. Association of Physical Anthropologists 2014 Conference, Calgary, AB, Canada. 


Higgins, R., Liber Raines, J., Perrelli, D., & Sirianni, J. (2013, April 28). Using Documentary Evidence to Study the Erie County Almshouse Skeletal Collection: Problems and Potential [Conference presentation]. New York State Archaeological Association 2013 Annual Conference, Watertown, NY, United States.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Professional Genealogists

  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

  • Western New York Genealogical Society

  • American Association for State and Local History 

  • American Marketing Association

  • Digital Marketing Institute

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