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About the Recorder’s Office


The Recorder’s office is the official land records office for Sangamon County. Records date back to the early 1800’s. The most famous documents recorded in Sangamon County are those of Abraham Lincoln. Many other notable names can also be found on record.

The United States Constitution provides every individual the freedom and right to own property in their own name. That freedom is protected in the Office of the Recorder by permanently recording all original documents pertaining to property ownership and real property transactions within Sangamon County. This makes the County Recorder an integral part of property ownership. Instruments filed with the Recorder’s office include deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as assorted federal, state and local liens. Other documents included are veteran’s discharge papers, corporation papers, and instruments pertaining to the Uniform Commercial Code. The Recorder’s office is also responsible for the recordation and storage of subdivision plats, land surveys and monument records.

The primary responsibility of the office has not changed since the early 1800’s. It is our responsibility to maintain accurate and timely indexing and maintenance of documents reflecting the chain of title to land within Sangamon County. Our records are indexed and available to view by digital images on the computer from July 31, 1984 forward. Documents can be viewed back to 1946 if you have the document number. If not, documents can be viewed in the Recorder's office on microfiche and microfilm. Please feel free to visit our office and be assisted by our friendly staff. We are here to serve the citizens of Sangamon County.

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