Thanks Richard. My brother and I started our genealogy project last summer. We have set out to research our entire family line, of which Hungerford is one fourth. We started with our grandparents and are working back from there. Our primary focus has been with our direct line, however I have taken on side projects to expand laterally where and whenever possible, and especially in cases where I had access to previous family researches.
In the case of the Hungerfords, I had access to the research that my grandfather Paul Hungerford did back in the late 1960's and early 1970's. His goal I think was to document the Rush County Hungerfords, but in essence it is a fairly solid accounting of the descendants of Richard & Sarah Jane (Shaw) Hungerford. At least 6 of the children found their way to Rush County from Butler County Ohio, all of whom spent the rest of their lives in Indiana. Paul's research is spotty in places, especially for the children who did not migrate to Rush. I have captured his research in my database, making corrections and additions wherever possible. I believe it stands currently as a respectable history for the Rush County Hungerfords.
Additionally, I have used online databases such as OneWorldTree and Rootsweb to push our lines back, and I have managed to accomplish that with the Hungerford line(s). Some of these online databases can be sketchy, of course, so the following needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. I have taken my grandfather's paternal line back to Walter Hungerford, of Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England (1280-1308?), wife Mary Heytesbury. I have also found that the Hungerford surname has entered into my family line maternally on two occasions, both in England (17th century I think).
In general, I would say that both my brother and I are more interested in recent family history, primarily that which goes back to immigration to the colonies. We are interested in collecting total family history, especially service in the American Civil War and the War for Independence. Family history that predates emigration to North America is certainly of interest, but much harder to research and validate. I live in Indianapolis, so researching family history in 19th century Rush County is much more "doable".