Jerry Carbone

ProGen Member Overview

I am a former Library Director of a Vermont public library, with 37 years of experience in reference services and public library administration.

I am interested in immigrants to the United States in general, but specifically of Italians who did not stop at the east coast, but found their way into the pioneer areas of the West, especially Wyoming and Colorado. In addition, I have worked with clients that has taken me into online and physical repositories in various states.

I am passionate about volunteer work related to literary arts, local history, and genealogy. A few of my projects are:

    • Crosby-Gannett Fund, Vermont Community Foundation, Advisory Committee.
    • Brattleboro Literary Festival (Authors’ Committee; Zoom Technical Support).
    • Co-Facilitator, Windham County (Vt.) Genealogy Interest Group.
    • Leadership Committee, The Brattleboro Words Project (People, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, Vt.)
    • Project 144 Committee (Vermont Historical Records Program): Identify & research 144 African-American women (and their families) who lived in Vermont in 1920 may have voted in the first national election after passage of the 19th Amendment.

Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; New England Association of Professional Genealogists; Colorado Genealogical Society; Genealogical Society of Vermont; and the Genealogical Library of Vermont


  • M.L.S, University of Texas at Austin
  • Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Research Institute Pittsburgh, Pa., “Researching Italian Ancestors.”


My work experience in varied using repositories in Vermont, Wyoming, and Colorado. I have also used repositories in New York, Indiana, Missouri, Massachusetts, and facility with searching Italian archival databases as well as physical use of Archivio di Stato, Roma, Italia.

Publications & BLOGs

“Wyoming Knife-Affray: Murder and Mayhem in a Coal-camp, 1906,” Whetstone Musings Blog, (March 31-May 6, 2020);

“Spiritualism in Brattleboro, 1886-1889: One Man’s Contact with the Afterlife through Letters,” Vermont History, Vol. 86, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2018): 31–45;

American Library Association, “Reference Books Bulletin,” Booklist, 2004-2015. [Book Reviews on various Reference Sources]