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Adoption Records Resources for St. Louis Area

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Free Online Access to
Indexing, Abstracts, Document Images

Since July 1917, adoptions in Missouri have been under the jurisdiction of circuit courts and are sealed court records. Adult adoptees may, however, request nonidentifying
information from the court.

For adoptions granted by
St. Louis City Circuit Court Contact:

Family Court, Juvenile Division's Legal Dept.
920 N. Vandeventer Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Brochure with Adoption Search Information (pdf)

Contact Information for All Missouri Circuit Courts

An adult adoptee, biological parent, or biological sibling may sign-up with the

Missouri Adoption Information Registry


Pre-1917 Deeds of Adoption were recorded with county Recorders of Deeds and are public records. Deeds of Adoption were recorded with property transactions in land record deed books.

Research Warning: A recorded Deed of Adoption is indexed by the date of recording not date the deed was entered into. Submitting and paying for recordation of a deed in a timely matter was not the norm in Missouri in the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century. While the last Deeds of Adoption were contracted in 1917, some of these deeds were recorded much later in the century.


Deed of Adoption Index @ Archives Department
St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar

City Hall, Room 129, 1200 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103
314.589.8174 - E-mail


St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds
St. Louis County Government Bldg, 4th Floor
41 S. Central, Clayton, Missouri 63105
314.615.7100 - E-mail


Franklin County Recorder of Deeds
Franklin County Government Center, Room 102
400 E. Locust, Union, Missouri 63084
636.583.6367 - E-mail


Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds
Jefferson County Administration Center, Room 126
729 Maple, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050
636.797.5414 - E-mail


Jefferson County Deeds of Adoption Abstracts by Dave Hallemann


St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds
St. Charles County Administration Bldg, Room 338
291 N. 2nd, St. Charles, Missouri 63301
636.949.7505 - E-mail


Contact Information for All Missouri Recorders of Deeds


Since 1867, adoptions in Illinois have been under the jurisdiction of county courts/circuit courts.

Contact Information for All Illinois Circuit Courts

In 2010, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law enabling access to more than non-identifying information.

Illinois Adoption Registry and
Medical Information Exchange


1815-1870 St. Clair County Circuit Court Chancery Case Files Index @ Illinois State Archives