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For more recent Cooper County documents please contact:

Cooper County Recorder of Deeds - Georgia Esser

200 Main Street - Rm 26, Boonville, MO  65233

660-882-2161 or

General recorded information and other resources available

Genealogy research is welcome at Recorder of Deeds Office

under the following guidelines:

  • Appointments are preferred, especially for lengthy research.

  • COVID precautions limit our office customers to three in main office, and two genealogy researchers in the vault area.

  • Staff assistance to researchers may be limited due to recording workload at the time of visit.

  • Temperature checks may be given upon arrival.

  • No food or drink is allowed in the vault.

  • Masks are required to enter search areas and vault.

  • Title searchers and marriage license applicants take priority in line.

  • Office staff does not perform genealogy research or title searching.

General recorded information and other resources available

  • Recorded and indexed Plats and Surveys (both paper and digital copies on site)

  • Recorded marriage licenses issued in Cooper County (1819 - present)

    • Marriage applications are not public record, only the completed licenses.

  • Original and reproductions of Cooper County plat books and Atlas books

  • Historical maps of the county, towns, and some cemeteries

  • Cooper County publications, compiled & written by local historians

  • Recorded and indexed land transfer deeds, mortgages, assignments, modifications, subordinations, foreclosures, state and federal tax liens/releases, mechanics liens, power of attorneys, brands, etc.

  • We do not have any bound “Abstracts” on property.

  • Other miscellaneous documentation including but not limited to agreements, easements, leases, contracts, wills, UCCs, subdivision covenants and restrictions may also be found in the records.

  • OLD wills and estates are in the records of the Circuit Clerk (660-882-2232)

  • Death certificates (if recorded for land transfer purposes, 2010 - present)

  • No birth certificates

  • Military discharge papers (1918 - present, if recorded by service member)

    • This documentation is not public record and can only be accessed by the member, funeral director, or immediate family member, being validated by a signed, notarized, and approved request document.

  • Naturalization records (limited access due to age of documentation)

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