About Us




City of St. Louis, City Hall,

1200 Market Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

A message from Michael Butler

Michael Butler serves as the Recorder of Deeds for the City of St. Louis, Missouri. He is the first African-American elected to the position in the City of St. Louis. A native of St. Louis, Michael was first elected to Recorder in 2018. Prior to his time in City Hall, he represented part of St. Louis City (District 79) in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2013-2018.

Early in his career of public service, Butler gained valuable experience in the legislature while serving as the Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Robin Wright-Jones, and as the Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Mary Wynne Still. During his 2012 campaign, he worked as an educator in the St. Louis Public School System.

Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Alabama A&M University, where he also served as Student Government President and as a Board of Trustee member. While working in the legislature, he also obtained a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Butler is a St. Louis entrepreneur and business leader, with an established record of innovation and a dedication to service. He lives in the Gate District Neighborhood with his wife Erin and they have two daughters, Kimber and Karis.

Michael Butler | St. Louis Recorder of Deeds

Welcome to the City of St. Louis Recorder of Deeds

The City of St. Louis Recorder of Deeds proudly provides vital record-keeping services to the public. The documents in our office touch virtually every resident and business that lives and operates within the City of St. Louis limits. As keepers of history, we maintain nearly 250 years worth of history concerning the people and properties of St. Louis, Missouri.

The City of St. Louis Recorder of Deeds office is unique in that it is the only place in the state of Missouri where you can make one stop to access birth, marriage, death, land, and historical records. All of these resources are available to you, with a single visit to the same location. We are committed to providing you with engaging, innovative and user-focused services.

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Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Land Records

Archives and Historical Records

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