I would suggest seeing whether there are local historical or genealogical organizations in the areas where you believe the family was, and contact them. Often, groups like that have files under surnames (which may include information on others researching the same name). Also, they often have old newspapers that are not otherwise available, and could be a source for birth, death and marriage notices. Many groups will have someone do research for a modest fee. You also might want to try local libraries. And, you might want to try USGenWeb for the counties in question. Good luck with the search.