October 2019 Member Program



Understanding and Using WNY Land Records

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Branch, Central Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Western New York Counties Founding Dates

Program Description: Land records are valuable resources that are often overlooked and underutilized by genealogists. In this information packed program, experts Jennifer Liber Raines and Drew Tidwell will discuss regional land records and the wealth of information they contain. Attendees will learn about land history in Western New York, explore key legal terms and concepts found in deeds and other related documents, and develop new and enhanced research strategies. Through plain language and real-world examples, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence needed to expand your genealogical research.

About the Speakers:

Drew began his career in Washington, DC as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to a Congressman who served on the House of Representatives Banking Committee for eight years. He next served ten years as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel to a retail banking trade association. In 1984, he joined the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay in Buffalo handling commercial real property transactions and related litigation. He has taught real property law and legal research and has conducted legal research for lawyers nationwide. Now retired, Drew is pursuing his interest in genealogy. Drew earned a BA in Public Administration from the George Washington University (1970) and JD from the George Mason University School of Law (1977).

Jennifer is a genealogical and historical researcher and a marketing/communications consultant. An author and frequent lecturer, she is the president of the Western New York Genealogical Society and member of the University at Buffalo's Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project, the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Buffalo History Museum’s Board of Managers. She is a past recipient of the Owen Augspurger Award for Local History (2016) and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Empire Service Award (2018). Jennifer received her Professional Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.


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Last updated: September 22, 2019