Posted By:Andrea
Subject:Re: mineral rights in Wood co. Texas
Post Date:July 11, 2009 at 09:08:41
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Forum:Wood County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Hi Jim!
Did you get your question answered? I can try to help; I was a landman in the "awl bidness" in West Texas for about 10 years.

Quick lesson: Texas views mineral rights as real estate. So any conveyences (deeds) will be listed in the deed records at the County Clerk's office in Wood Co.

Keep in mind that minerals are not worth much of anything until they are produced. When you say "filing a claim," there's no claim to be filed unless there is production of some sort, such as a producing oil well.

Finally, keep in mind there are surface rights and mineral rights. The surface (land) owner often (in Texas) does not own the minerals and vice versa (the mineral owner does not own the surface).

You say you found documents. Is it a deed? Probate papers? A division order? Does it say she has an interest in the minerals under 80 acres or that she owns the minerals under 80 acres? That's important because if it's an interest, she probably shared it with other people; the amount she owned may be pretty small.

If you can let me know a few more specifics, I'll see if I can "translate" for you and offer suggestions of what you should do next.

Good luck!