There are about 5 properties that my grandmother, mineral rights rather..
The family found this out by accident. Going through her paperwork one day, we discovered that a company tried to buy her mineral rights to 5 sections of land. We figured we would do our own research.
We also figured this company would not have offered her money to buy mineral rights if she didn't have them. So this is why we are trying to find this info out.
As an aside... While Ken Boone's grandmother may have known what she owned, she didn't convey that info to her heirs. I have created, for my family, a "land book" that has a section devoted to every piece of land I own, no matter how tiny. In that book I note what I own (and include maps), names and contact information for any other joint owners, what (if anything) is under lease (oil, gas, lignite, pipeline ROWs), how I came to own it (purchase, inheritance), and anything that might occur in the future (prescription, expiration of leases, timber cuttings) that my heirs would need to know about. I also included copies of all past deeds, leases, contracts, division orders, etc. If everyone would create such a book and keep it up to date, it would make life easier for one's heirs. JMHO.
Great post, Henry! I suggest that you make it the topic of a Main Page discussion. Everyone who owns mineral interests beyond the size of a residential lot should have a book.
I went to the Panola County deed records and researched my ownership from 1911 to current date. It took about six hours so take a snack and drink for a break. But I can tell you I found the land men and researchers there very helpful. The room was a beehive of activity. It was also very interesting looking thru the old conveyances. I would have gone to the wills but found it was not necessary. Found what I needed. I had/have an O&G attorney but by researching it myself saved hundreds of dollars. It just happened that the landman walked in as I was leaving and I told him what I had found, he called his office and within minutes the "problem" of my interests was solved.
The oil companies do make mistakes.
And public records are not always correct or complete. Better to discover omissions or mistakes with a chain of title and fix it before it potentially becomes a problem. In the land business they call it title curative. One common problem is that a succession or judgement of possession is recorded in the county/parish where the owner died but not in the county/parish where the mineral estate is located. Heirs should get a certified copy of that instrument and have it recorded in the additional jurisdiction.