Looking Up County Records Becomes More Tedious

A big pain if you look up records at any courthouse in Texa: the days of looking up land deeds and surveys yourself is over.

Attorney General Greg Abbott says every record will need to be screened by a clerk, so any Social Security numbers can be blacked out.

Of course, that's got to be done by hand, on land records dating back well over a hundred years.

"It's very time consuming to make sure the Social Security numbers are not there before the public sees it," says Smith County Clerk Judy Carnes.

Landmen and title companies use those records every day, and they tell us their jobs are suddenly much more time-consuming.  Carnes says every county in the state will likely have to invest in new computer software that will take out the Social Security numbers.

The cost of that is not yet known.