The eBook details how to find the correct legal documents and how to read them to find the relevant information about mineral rights.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Oil and natural gas drilling in the United States has been on the rise, and the increased exploration and production has brought renewed attention to the field of mineral rights. To help explain this complicated subject, Houston-based CourthouseDirect.com has produced a free eBook, "An Insider's Guide to Searching Titles for Mineral Rights".
As explained in the eBook, determining who owns the mineral rights for any specific piece of land can be a complicated and research-intensive project. It requires searching back through the entire title history for the property, often by manually reading through old paper records at the county courthouse. Besides property deeds, the research often requires looking up marriage licenses, divorce decrees, wills and other legal documents.
The eBook details how to find the correct legal documents and how to read them to find the relevant information about mineral rights. It also explains the different types of property and mineral rights and how those rights can be bought, sold or leased.
Recent changes in the energy industry, such as the use of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to access oil and gas reserves that could previously not be extracted, have created the need for this guide on searching property titles for mineral rights. Much of the new drilling is occurring in populated areas, which means there are many more property owners affected.
The process of searching for mineral rights has remained largely unchanged by computerization and the Information Age, although CourthouseDirect.com and a few smaller companies do now offer digital copies of many property records which can be searched through online.
Since 1982, Houston-based CourthouseDirect.com, Inc. has offered the nation's largest and most comprehensive repository of courthouse documents online. Their searchable database includes a wide range of public and real property records, grantor/grantee indexes and document images for over 500 counties across the United States. Besides providing easy information access, the company also offers research, consulting, training and GIS mapping services. Courthouse Direct.com, Inc. makes it easy for attorneys, appraisers, abstractors, surveyors, landmen, investors, and real estate professionals to save time and money when accessing the property information they need. For inquiries, the company can be contacted online or by phone at (713) 683-4000.