This is not so much an actual work-at-home job, but it does offer the flexibility and independence that many people seek in a work-at-home job.
A court researcher works as an independent contractor for companies who do data collection at local courthouses. The companies will provide all the training and information on what you're collecting. Typically you will be hired on to handle the counties in your area that you choose. The more counties you take on, the more work available to you.
It is not work-at-home. However, you can easily do this type of work around your schedule, especially if you happen to have school-aged children. It mostly involves going to the county courthouse during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8-5). The company you work for and the county you work with will determine the frequency with which you'll make these visits. It varies from a few times a year to weekly visits.
The pay is based on how many records you collect and often works out to be somewhere between $7 to $15 an hour. This is one of those positions in which your income will increase with your efficiency level. It helps to have a laptop, as you're collecting a lot of information which could require a lot of writing. Some companies require it, but many don't.
JB Marketing Services, one of the companies who hires independent contractors, gives a good in-depth description of the position here.
There are several companies that contract people to do this type of work nationwide. Wolfgang Research, Sunlark Research and Deed Collector are a few reputable companies to check out.
This is not the type of thing where you're able to bring children along. But like many work-at-home jobs, you're able to set your own hours, work independently and in some cases you can even make as much as you want depending on how hard you work! For more ideas on jobs with this kind of flexibility working outside the home, check out my post on in-store marketing and merchandising.