- Business Name
- Whetstone Brook Genealogy
- Non-Research Specialties
- Lecturer/Presenter - On-site
- Lecturer/Presenter - Virtual
- Research Specialties
- Emigration & Immigration
- Italian American
- Library of Congress
- Research Counties
- Adams County, Colorado, United States
- Denver County, Colorado, United States
- Owen County, Indiana, United States
- Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States
- Washington County, Indiana, United States
- Windham County, Vermont, United States
- Research Provinces / States
- Colorado, United States
- Vermont, United States
- Wyoming, United States
- Research Countries
- Research Time Periods
- 19th Century
- 20th Century
After 37 years experience in the public library field, 22 of which as a director, I have a passion for research to help people answer questions or solve problems.
My Life 2.0 work after retirement began with a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2016, after which I started Whetstone Brook Genealogy in 2016. For more of my genealogical journey, please see "Life After Libraries, " Brattleboro Reformer, 13 March 2017, p1.
I believe what Marcus Tertullius Cicero said over 2000 years ago : To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history,
Orator, chapter 34, section 120.
My research experience includes: Italian, Vermont, Colorado, Wyoming, Indiana counties, and Spiritualism in New England.
Genealogical research in geographic specialties, report writing, Genealogical lectures and instruction
Vermont, Colorado, Indiana, Wyoming, Southern Italy
- Bachelor of Arts (History), Masters (Library Science)
- Italian (intermediate)
- Vermont State Archives, Colorado State Archives, Wyoming State Archives, Indiana State Archives, Vermont Historical Society
- “The professional genealogical research services provided by Jerry Carbone, of Whetstone Genealogy, are excellent. Carbone did research work for me, and his final report was detailed, thorough and presented in an insightful, creative and readable manner. Carbone provides supporting documentation in a presentation that is well organized, clearly cited and footnoted as appropriate. I highly recommend his genealogical research and reporting services.”
MA.;MLS , Brattleboro, Vermont
“I was impressed with your sleuthing and the details of family history – some of them surprising – that you uncovered! Your concise, well-written report read a bit like a literary narrative, but of facts gleaned from the public record. Thank you!”
Technical Writer, Denver, Colorado
“We are so glad that we decided to ask Whetstone Brook Genealogy to delve into my husband’s family history. His grandparents were sharecroppers in Texas, so the information was not easy to find. Jerry was able to uncover many details, including finding my husband’s name and age listed on the 1940 census for the orphanage he was in! Jerry’s report included lots of fascinating detail from census records; birth, marriage, divorce, and death records; and even city directories. It has been an interesting journey! I don’t think we could have done this on our own.!”
"Jerry researched a grandfather and great grandparents about whom I knew very little. He found many documents which outlined the facts of their lives and then wove the facts into a narrative. It was especially helpful to learn about conditions in Germany at the time of their immigration. I found the thoroughness and professionalism of the final report impressive."
- "A Coal Miner's Daughter: The Musical Journey of Mary C. Carbone (Marie Montain)," presented at the 2019 I.D.E.A Festival, Boston, Ma.
"Genealogy 101- Where you Confuse the Dead and Irritate the Living."
"Navigating the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research, AmericanAncestors. org, "
"Navigating the World's Largest Free Genealogical Database--FamilySearch.org."
"Finding My Roots: My Genealogical Journey, " Dummerston (Vt.) Historical Society.
Descriptions of these talks may be found here.
- Jerry Carbone, "The Tragic Death of Young Italian Immigrant Girl and a Burial Mystery Finally Solved," The Colorado Genealogist, Vol 81, No.1, February 2020, 6-12
Jerry Carbone, "Spiritualism in Brattleboro, 1886-1889: One Man s Contact with the Afterlife through Letters," Vermont History, Winter/Spring 2018, Vol. 86, No. 1, 31-40.
Jerry Carbone, compiler, "Brattleboro, VT- Wesselhoeft Water Cure, 1845-1849." Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2019.
American Library Association's Reference Books Bulletin, Editorial Board, , Reviewer, 1993-2013. A partial list of reviews may be found here Jerry Carbone Bibliography
- Certificate in Genealogical Research (Boston University)
- National Genealogical Society; New England Association of Professional Genealogists; New England Historic and Genealogical Society; American Library Association; Brattleboro Literary Festival Authors' Committee; History of Peoples, Places and Words in Brattleboro-Leadership Committee; ProGen33 Study Group.
- Website: whetstonebrookgenealogy.com