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Registry of Deeds Overview...
Missouri is divided into 115 registry districts with an elected Register of Deeds responsible for each office. Documents related
to the ownership of real estate within the district are recorded at the Registry of Deeds.
Recorded documents are assigned a sequential identifying number (known as the book and page number) and are then scanned into
the registry's computer system. The resulting images are available for viewing and printing from public access terminals at
and at your home or office over the Internet. In addition, all registries microfilm all recorded documents and most continue
to produce record books containing document images on paper. In most cases, original documents are returned to the land
owner. To assist customers in finding relevant documents, registries create a searchable
index that contains the names of all parties to a document and the property address.