Barry's Relatively Speaking: I Have Heard...
Posted on Oct 04, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Lou shares the following experience.
I have heard that people sometimes find long-forgotten assets
when searching for genealogical data. I honestly never thought it could happen to me. But it did! There it was one day in 1969 in a paragraph typed in a deed, dated 1929 - State of New Mexico. My thoughtful parents had reserved one-half the oil, gas, and mineral rights when they sold 160 acres they had filed on in 1908.
I was dubious at first that the reservation of those rights was still valid after 40 years. But a lawyer examined the title and assured me that the paragraph was as valid as the day it was written, even though it did not appear on subsequent deeds for that property.
There are three happy heirs to those rights, and we have just negotiated a lease for a second time, after proving heirship through DC's, BC's Wills, etc.
Now I must beware of finding a horse thief! I have heard that people sometimes...