This morning while I was at the airport on my way to Jamboree, I saw David Rencher from FamilySearch so I went over and introduced myself.
We started talking about genealogy and how he is certified and accredited. He was saying that his particular area of research is Ireland, and I was telling him some of my family was from Ireland. As we were talking about that, I told him about my fourth great-grandfather, Mathew Hayes Ivory, and how that is the biggest brick wall in my research so far.
About 25 years ago my grandfather and his brother were very involved in genealogy and did a lot of research to try and find where in Ireland Mathew and his wife Ann came from. The only record record we have been able to find is a death certificate stating that Mathew was born abt. 1765 in Ireland. From there, we have had no clue where to search.
As we were talking, David realized that he had actually been contracted by either my grandfather or his brother back in the 80's to try and break down this brick wall. I couldn't believe how small of a world it is. What are the chances that he had worked on my family history years ago.
He was saying that not much information was found, but he would be intrigued to see if anything could be found now with all the technology, indexes, and databases now available online. Since he is such a pro doing Irish research, it really excited me finding out he had done some research on my family already and suggested to do some more research.
It is truly amazing what can happen when you start talking with people. You never know what is going to happen and if you are going to be able to connect to people while doing genealogy.