Wow......how fascinating TJ! I've always thought I'd give that a go, but never gotten round to it yet!
You really should Caz, it's fascinating. It's not a cheap thing to do, not if you want to really have a go at it, but I love it. I've discovered a lot, relatives in Australia, Canada and the States, a paternal line that goes back beyond the early 1700s, a line on my maternal side that stems from the 1600s at least. I've discovered a relative who married, went to Australia with her husband and raised a family there. Then her husband ended up in prison, escaped and killed himself by jumping off one of those steamboats.
I've discovered a distant cousin who I'm sure ended up in an asylum. I'm sure she had what we would know today as postnatal depression.
I'm led to believe on one of the lines there might have been a pro football player too, but I haven't proved that yet. I just don't know how to go about finding any evidence, so if anyone has any ideas about that I'd love to know.
The funny thing was that I'd joked about wanting to find a bigamist when I started researching. I never imagined that I might. Now it really does appear as if I have. All I have to do is prove that he married the woman who I'm sure was his first wife, who, coincidentally, was his sister-in-law. She'd been married to his brother previously, but he died within a few years of the marriage. There's more to it than that, but it all gets complicated!