I signed a land purchase contract that explicitly transferred mineral rights, and I did not really care, I mean I do, but what I really needed was a tranquil living space. At the county they hold the documents they don't make public the records, and you have to walk into their office, through a metal detector, and any hard copy or printed proof you want to take away they make you pay for it. It's not possible to research the history of a piece of land without going bankrupt over the fees if the history is littered through and through with documents, going back all the way to the Native Americans. In a lot of countries whoever owns title owns the land, and if they own it by mistake, and someone else should have it, that someone else can get monetary compensation from the government, but they do not reverse title. In the US you buy what's called "Title Insurance" which is a major ripoff, but at least it's a one time fee only for a one time service, that is, someone at the private title insurance agency digs through the land records, and if they don't luck out in finding anything nasty, they will insure the title, as a gamble, on your named amount. There is always a chance that a record was missed, especially when they play hide and seek with you on the computers, so even if you sit at the county office, and thoroughly examine all the records, and even pay the staff there to do the search for you, with consideration, there is a way to submarine a fake, ancient document, from say 1834, that voids the validity of all the rest of the title transfer deeds ever since then, and under this system of land purchases with hide and seek, nonpublic county land records, all you're purchasing is pretty much air. And if you purchase title insurance in a given amount from an insurance corporation, nothing guarantees that that corporation won't take your money, pocket it, then simply go out of business and restart as a new one. Kinda like lifetime dialup ISP's in the 90's were. For $99 one time fee, we give you a lifetime dialup internet acccess. You know how that pyramid scheme works? They take your 99 dollars, give you internet for a couple months, pay the CEO millions in salaries, take up all kinds of business loans from banks, then simply go bankrupt, out of business, and restart a new business. Wash, rinse, repeat, take your money and run with it, is what land title insurance companies are too. So all you're buying when you buy a title to a land is air, hocus pocus. What else can you do though? How can you find yourself a place to live in peace, as the nearest communist public lands, that are nobody's private property, called state parks or natural reservations, maybe half a state across from you, where you can go and just be with any right, other than that everything else is private property, and you don't have the right to be present there, including you don't have the right to sleep in your car at a 24x7 Walmart parking lot, if Walmart says so on a displayed banner right under the parking lot cameras.