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Color-of-Title Act: What you Need to Know about Color-of-Title Adverse Possession

The Color-of-Title Act (which goes by the impressive legal designation 43 CFR 540, Subpart 254) refers to the right of a person, group, or corporation that has “evidence” purporting to have title to public lands administered by the Bureau ...
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Property History Public Records: How to Research Historical Land Records

CourthouseDirect.com offers multiple services for enhancing your search for courthouse records throughout the United States. You can use our tools and applications to search the largest repository of historical courthouse information in ...
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What Are Joint Operating Agreements in Oil & Gas?

After oil and gas lease agreements, the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) is the most common contract used in the industry. JOAs are agreements between two or more entities that spell out who is considered the operator for the exploration ...
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What Does a Land Surveyor Do?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 12/05/2018
  • Surveying
Land surveyors are much more than people who stand near the road with a tripod and a staff. They are precision measurement makers and can be legal arbiters of where boundary lines fall. A land surveyor has a range of expertise from ...
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The History of Mineral Rights

Mineral rights, the right to develop and produce a variety of minerals from the beneath the ground, have gone from belonging to the monarchy to private hands depending on the part of the world under consideration. Mineral rights were ...
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Are Marriage and Divorce Records Confidential?

Are marriage and divorce records confidential? It depends. The laws and practices regarding sealed court records can differ from state to state. Divorce records in Texas are always sealed… unless you are a public official. Then they might ...
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What is a Landman, Anyway?

A landman works for companies that perform gas and oil exploration and production. A landman researches titles and mineral rights to negotiate with property owners for those mineral rights on behalf of a company wishing to exploit the ...
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Evolution of Land Title Acquisition

Nothing has sustained its value since the beginning of civilization like land. Land ownership has long been considered the pinnacle of success. Monarchs owned all the land in their kingdoms. Knights were awarded land for service to the ...
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The Digitization of Courthouse Databases

Digitization of all types of records has been going on since computing power improved and device prices dropped. Libraries, repositories, and courthouses, where massive numbers of books, files, documents, images and more have been ...
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How GIS Tools Are Changing the Practice of Land Surveying

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/24/2018
  • Surveying
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are central repositories for data used for analysis in surveying, planning, construction, and management. Professional land surveyors provide data for the GIS and, in turn, use the data to provide more ...
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