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1766-1920 St. Louis
Land Deed Details


18th, 19th, and early 20th Century land deeds recorded in Missouri County Recorder of Deed offices are deed transcriptions, copies written by recording clerks- paid by the word- and in doing so are placed on the public record. These records do not contain original signatures.


1804-1865 General Warranty Deeds
1804-1865 Quit Claim Deeds

  • Names of Grantors (sellers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Names of Grantees (buyers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Consideration (purchase price). In a quit claim deed, this is $1, $10, or $100.
  • Legal description of the real estate. Legal descriptions vary widely and may include one of more identifiers- Township-Range; Survey Number; Plat reference; Subdivision Name; Block and Lot; City Block; Names of property owners North, South, East, and West; surveyor's measurements- links, chains, arpens, acres, feet.
  • Occupation, appointed office or elected office held, or military service may be noted.
  • Previous place of residence may be noted.
  • Persons of color are usually identified by the racial and enslavement descriptions of the period.
  • Reference to previous ownership may be noted- when and from whom the Grantor had acquired the property, sometimes even the Land Records Book and Page of the transaction.

1866-1900 General Warranty Deeds
1866-1900 Quit Claim Deeds

  • Names of Grantors (sellers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Names of Grantees (buyers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Consideration (purchase price). In a quit claim deed, this is $1, $10, or $100.
  • Legal description of the real estate. Legal descriptions vary widely and may include one of more identifiers- Township-Range; Survey Number; Plat reference; Subdivision Name; Block and Lot; City Block; Names of property owners North, South, East, and West; surveyor's measurements- links, chains, arpens, acres, feet; and sometimes Street Number and Street Name address.
  • Reference to previous ownership may be noted- when and from whom the Grantor had acquired the property, sometimes even the Land Records Book and Page of the transaction.

1901-1920 General Warranty Deeds
1901-1920 Quit Claim Deeds

  • Names of Grantors (sellers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Names of Grantees (buyers) and city, county, state of residence
  • Consideration (purchase price, during this period the amount begins to change from the actual purchase price to an amount plus other consideration, signaling there is a mortgage. In a quit claim, this is $1, $10, or $100.
  • Legal description of the real estate. During this period, more and more deeds begin to include Street Number and Street Name address of the property. Legal descriptions vary widely and may include one of more other identifiers- Street Number and Street Name, Township-Range; Survey Number; Plat reference; Subdivision Name; Block and Lot; City Block; Names of property owners North, South, East, and West; surveyor's measurements- acres, feet.
  • Reference to previous ownership may be noted- when and from whom the Grantor had acquired the property, sometimes even the Land Records Book and Page of the transaction.