I would approach this in a genealogical fashion - documenting everything about each individual.
That means getting birthdates, marriage dates, death dates, etc. for every individual who took part in the horse drive.
Have you done a search at google for every single individual?
When you search at google, put the name in quotes, like this:
Then, when you retrieve no information about your ancester, reverse the search, and in quotes, search on this:
That last search frequently brings up online census data.
Then, go to the ARCHIVES at http://news.google.com -- just in case any of the names you are searching on appear in any old newspapers -- you have to repeat this search several times a year, because so many newspapers are constantly being archived there.
Also try a search at http://www.newspaperabstracts.com
Another way to search at google, is by site.
To do this, type the following into the search box:
"Jane DOE" site:rootsweb.com
You can also sometimes find relatives who know about your ancestors with this search:
"Jane DOE" site:genforum.com
There are so many historical societies and libraries and museums and collections in Missouri, that you'll be busy for a long time. I have no idea if any of them would have any records about the specific horse drive you mention.
Have you checked any national cattle/horse associations, inquiring about any historical records they have? It seems to me that there must be professional associations, national ones, that are very interested in preserving their history. Have you checked at google?
I know I have more bookmarks for Johnson Co., MO - and as I come across them, I'll return to this thread and provide links -- but meantime, here are a few that MIGHT provide you some assistance, or ideas of how to track this down.
I know that there is some place in Warrensburg where there are many many many old newspaper articles filed away -- but I've only read about it, at Rootsweb.com, don't recall the name, I think it was an historical society library - but maybe it's listed at one of these sites:
US Genweb: State of Missouri
US Genweb: Johnson Co., MO
Missouri Digital Heritage
Johnson County Historical Society Home Page
I have no idea if any of these organizations do any on site researches, and if they do, I do not know what the charge for lookups is.
I would seriously read and search the archives at Rootsweb about all these ancestors -- MAYBE you'll luck out and find a ggg-grandchild who's inherited a scrapbook of clippings about them!!
Have you read the HUFF forum, the MARKHAN forum and the WATSON forum -- both here at Genforum and over at Rootsweb.com?
Do you need links?
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