My question pertains to some land (~600 acres) that has been passed down in our family for several generations. Currently, I am sure it is divided among hundreds of people, but no person has ever been able to take action with this because of the large amount of divisions, as it has been passed on over and over. It seems as though it would be nearly impossible to locate all of the people to take any actions that I have found plausible so far, such as selling the land & dividing the money, or getting all other persons to sell, or even forcing to them to sell through the legal system.
Is there a way to get this land consolidated so it can be used? What sort of actions need to be taken? I'd hate for this to continue on and on, and the family land be lost altogether. Because the land is fit for oil drilling, would it be wise to take this to an oil company, such as BP (they drilled previously on the land), and see what they can work out with it? Thanks!