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If You Like the Idea of Flexibility – Being a Courthouse Researcher Might Be For You

Ever thought of being a courthouse researcher? If you like the idea of working at home, but also don't mind getting out and about, this might be a great way to earn extra cash. As a court researcher – you're basically tapping into a wealth of info for marketers. These marketers are willing to pay folks like you and me to gather that info. Because people buy and sell land and houses all the time — there is always a new batch of info to gather. So this work is ongoing for sure.

But what exactly are you gathering as a court researcher? Like I said — for this particular company it's deeds. They are wanting information on people that have bought or sold real estate in order to market products or services that might be of interest to them.

So I Have to Go to the Courthouse in My Town or City?

Yes. So it's not “work at home” in the sense that you're literally at your home. BUT — you have a flexible schedule in that you can do your research whenever you like as long as the courthouse is open, of course. And the research can be anywhere from 2-4 hours or more if you like and are gathering info that you can be paid for.

So say you decide to sign up for this type of work and decide Mondays and Thursdays are going to be your research days — and you're going to allott 2-4 hours per day. In the end — you've only invested 4-8 hours and you've had to venture out only two days a week. That's not bad.

What is the Average Pay for a Courthouse Researcher?

First, let me say — you are not an employee. Though courthouse researchers are needed by the company, you are an independent contractor as a courthouse researcher for DeedCollector. So remember – when it comes to income taxes, you'll need to make sure you take care of any taxes you're responsible for. You're also responsible for any expenses you incur like parking. But there are no upfront fees or costs for getting started.

There are full-time opportunities with DeedCollector, but it's going to depend on your area and client needs.

So for the basic court research salary — here is the information example that DeedCollector has on their site:

Most independent courthouse researchers average $12-$18 dollars per hour. Your rate of pay is based on the number of records you collect, and the speed in which you collect them. For example:

New Researcher, John Doe collects 100 records in 4 hours at his local courthouse. 100 x $.30 = $30.00/ 4 hrs = $7.50 per hour
Not bad starting out, right? Let’s look down the road a month or so, and see how John Doe is doing.

Veteran Researcher, John Doe collects 100 records in 2 hours at his local courthouse. 100 x $.30 = $30.00/ 2 hrs = $15.00 per hour

Not bad money if you're looking for extra cash. I'm doubtful this could be a full-time income, but I suppose it's possible. Also – I noticed on their site the following:

Are there other ways of making money?
Yes. This will be discussed after you become proficient and have been collecting records for several months.

So maybe it could turn into a lot more money. I'm just not sure at this point. But maybe someone who's actually done this for awhile can comment below, or maybe we can get the folks at DeedCollector to chime in. They do have a nice FAQ section on their site that answers most questions.

They also pay via direct deposit, which is super convenient.

But I Have No Clue How to Do Courthouse Research!

I understand! I really do. Because honestly — I think I've been in a courthouse maybe 2-3 times in my entire life. But rest assured, DeedCollector offers training. It's all web based training, so you don't need to go anywhere.

You don't need any “special” equipment — but you will need a laptop or home computer. Of course — transportation to the courthouse is key as well.

Final Thoughts

So yes — being a courthouse researcher is a real thing. From what I've read, you're basically gathering people's names and addresses and those are compiled into a large database and sold to marketers. I remember when we put our house up for sale, we all of the sudden got tons of mail from moving companies, storage units and realtors. So it's probably somewhere along those lines.

I realize some people don't want to have to go anywhere for their work at home job or earnings, but for those that like getting out and about this is perfect. I think it would easy enough to get into a weekly routine and once doing the job just get faster and faster.

Applying is easy – you can do so here. As well — like I said earlier, they have a pretty informative FAQ page too and you can get to it here.

Alternatively, you can check for Courthouse Researcher Jobs too. They usually have some listed, though some may not be work at home.

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  1. Susan Lareau says:

    I am a former teacher and Reference/Genealogy Librarian in a larger county library. My work for 14 years consisted of researching at the county, city and state level for people who would write into the library and leave requests for information or documents. I also taught computer and live classes for patrons on how to find these items for themselves in my area.The requests came from all over the country and also other countries.
    I loved the work and had a passion for it. When my parents became ill I moved to another part of Ohio and have not been able to find anything similar in my new home .I have transportation to travel and am ready to begin, but where? I also have experience in transcription and proofreading.

  2. Diane R Keller says:

    I live in Seminole County, FL and Seminole and the close surrouding counties all have their Official Records available online so I don’t see how this would be a valid job for this area? If it is, I’m interested part time.

    Diane Keller

  3. I am a former senior escrow officer and did curative work on “the way up”. Title companies utilize individuals at the courthouse to obtain copies of items deemed “clouds” on title. You can contact Law offices and title companies and offer your services. Charge by the document or by the hour. Become a Notary Public and sweeten the pie.

  4. Rita Loftin says:

    I have done some court research for a mortgage company. I used public transportation to the courthouse. I really enjoyed working this way. I’m thinking of doing this to make extra income. No you can’t bring any children to the Probate office. You must have complete quiet to do this work, and focus on collecting information that is required.

  5. For the folks posting above: I’d suggest that you fill out an application with this company and see if they need people in your area. If so, they can probably answer any questions you have. I’m disabled and can’t drive either, but if the company IS hiring in your area, maybe a friend/neighbor nearby would be interested in “sharing” this work opportunity and ride-sharing to the courthouse together. (Those of us who can’t drive have to get clever, right?) There has to be someone in your neighborhood who drives downtown, so you can probably find a way to carpool a couple of times each week. Once you’re used to it, I promise it won’t be such a big deal, honest.

    When you work from home, it often takes multiple jobs to get by. Thanks for sharing these opportunities with us!

  6. Hi Im a single mom of two little girls that stay with me at home I need a job ASAP that i can do from home because i can not afford a daycare for them this sounds perfect but i would like to know if i can go to the court with my daughters?

  7. Diane Fulknier says:

    Former paralegal for a large corporate law firm.
    Would love any information and direction.

  8. @Diane
    Because this isn’t exactly a forum — there aren’t “Members” waiting to post on a topic, unfortunately. Hopefully someone will view the post and provide some insight.

  9. Diane Fulknier says:

    /would like to hear from someone. Posted a request on 8/8. Starting to feel this is not a valid opportunity. I am a former paralegal for a large corporate law firm. This opportunity sounds perfect. But…having doubts about the reality of the position. Hello?????? Anyone out there??????

  10. Diane Fulknier says:

    Former corporate legal assistant.very familiar with legal research. Children grown so I am available fulltime, if needed. Would appreciate more information. Thx.

  11. Not hiring in California :(

  12. jackqueline rivers says:

    Hi my name is jackqueline rivers and I’m very much looking for some type of legitimate work to do at home such as phone work or medical transcription any kind of training that I can get so any information would be a great help because I’m disable and I really need training and some help please thanks

  13. I would appreciate more information please. I have several years experience working with mortgages.

    I also have a Paralegal and Information Processing degrees. This type of work would be perfect for me.

  14. Vina Waswp says:

    Have been a medical transcriptionist. Taught school for 19 years. Would like to find out more

  15. Lisa Richie says:

    IT sounds interesting. one of my problems is you mentioned having a car to get in less some other way .maybe from home on computer could work.thank you for offer

  16. Sandy Weiden says:

    I have collected court records in a state that I used to live in. I covered 19 counties. Still looking for an opportunity here in Florida. Loved it. Great to work for yourself.

  17. Eunice Scott says:

    I like detail work. I would love to be a court reporter.

    Eunice Scott

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