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The Courthouse Researcher’s Toolkit: What You’ll Need

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From genealogists tracking family history, to landmen doing research on the job, researching records has been one of the main functions of county courthouses around the nation. However, people are moving from the courthouse to their laptop as records have become more accessible, thanks to the internet. A large number of municipalities now offer online access to records, so courthouse research is easier and less time consuming than in the past. If you’re planning to dive into the realm of historical and property records, here are the things you’ll need to help you in your search.

NAPE South 2014: Lessons Learned

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Last week the team was honored to attend the NAPE South Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. With around 6,000 attendees and over 300 exhibitors, it was an exciting chance to be at the center of the oil and gas pulse in Texas.

What Happens When Two People Claim Ownership of One Property?

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Joint ownership, where two people are the legal owners of a property, is a common practice. In legal terms, the most common form of co-ownership is referred to as joint tenants with right of survivorship. This is an important distinction, because it means that a surviving “joint tenant,” or owner, assumes full ownership of the property when the other “joint tenant” dies.


7 Tips to Make Your Courthouse Research Easier

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Genealogy is a fascinating treasure hunt that can lead to exciting discoveries about family history. Tracing a family tree takes time, patience, and resourcefulness. Many records are available online, but inevitably, your search will lead you to the courthouse, where you’ll find birth, death, and marriage certificates and so much more. Before you head to the courthouse in search of your ancestors, study these seven tips to make your courthouse research significantly easier and lead to better results.

What is a Deed of Conveyance?

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A deed of conveyance is a signed legal document that shows a title or deed has been transferred. It is used to prove ownership in a piece of property. A deed of conveyance is signed, witnessed, and notarized by the seller and the buyer as well as anyone else with a vested interest in the property being transferred. To thoroughly understand a deed of conveyance, it can be split into two parts: the deed and the conveyance.

Discovering the Different Parts of a Title Search

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When buying a new home or a piece of property, individuals must first verify property ownership and determine if the current owner is legally able to sell the property. A title search will turn up any liens or other legal issues with the property that could complicate or even prevent the sale. Title information is a matter of public record, so it is possible to perform the search on your own. Alternatively, there are a number of companies that perform title searches for a fee. If you choose to perform a title search on your own, it is important to understand its different parts to ensure you get the most accurate result possible. 

Preparing for NAPE South: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

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Whether you are a first time attendee or have been attending for years, it’s important to properly prepare for NAPE South before arriving. This ensures you will make the most out of your time at the conference and allows you to leave with the resources and learning needed to excel in the industry over the next year.

Putting Together the Essential Landman Toolkit

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Regardless of the profession, being surrounded by the right tools, resources, and knowledge is incredibly important. These connections allow for increased productivity and success. For landmen, this is especially true. With the right tools and resources in hand, it’s much easier to perform duties efficiently, effectively, and ultimately, successfully.

On the Road Again: The Landman Guide to Rooms on the Road


For landmen, frequent travel is a necessity. Often, these trips are more than just one or two nights. They sometimes require an extended stay and multiple motels. While everyone would rather sleep in the comfort of their own bed, the road doesn’t have to be as impersonal as it sometimes feels. With access to the right motels, you can find high quality rooms, friendly staff, and convenient pricing that balances out some of the negatives of being away from home for an extended period of time.

Joining the AAPL: What You Need to Know


If you are looking to enhance your standing in the industry, consider joining the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). This is the largest organization of its kind in the country and gives landmen an opportunity for education, networking, and access to valuable resources.

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