Land records include a diverse collection of documents filed with this office and consequently made permanent, public record. The bulk of these documents affect real estate situated in St. Charles County, hence the general label "land records."
Online Public Land Records Research
In 2014, we added images back through 1972. Historical documents with indexes from 1971 through 1804 will be added by the end of 2016. You may research the Recorder's indexes back through 1972. You may also view / print document images for a fee of $1 per document plus $1 per page. Visit our ROAM page.
As permanent records, these documents must be "recorded" using an archival media approved by state statute. We currently archive these records on 16mm microfilm.
For improved accessibility and reprinting of the records we scan them to an optical imaging system as well. Over the years there have been various other methods of archival storage employed, but all used paper or microfilm as the media. Once the document is processed through our office, it is returned to the person who presented it for recordation.
The first document recorded in this office was handwritten in French into a bound book, with the acknowledgement of the signatures in English, and certification by "P. Provenchere, Recorder" on November 16, 1804. This was the "District of St. Charles" at that time.
The rapid growth of St. Charles County is reflected in the number of documents recorded with this office. For example, in 1970 there were 10,497 documents recorded; in 1980 there were 19,661; in 1990 we recorded 43,395; and in 2003 we recorded 178,423 documents!