Ahhh, the 'down the rabbit hole' of Ancestry. Yes, I know that one well. I started out as just looking for my husband's ancestry here in Australian and England. Then I decided as I'm European born I should let my grandkids see where I came from. Now I KNOW I came from HELL! Truly, my 3rd great grandfather on my Dad's side was Melchior Hell *chuckle*. And when I start looking, it's hours and hours of fund checking facts and family.
As for Michael, we found he actually does have a convict from the 2nd fleet in his family. Up until the 70's this was bad for a family and then suddenly to have a convict in the family was a great thing here in Oz. So, things certainly do change.
Off to Queensland tomorrow after friends arrive this evening. So much fun kayaking in the lakes, estuaries and out to sea along the coast of NSW. WOOT!