Casefile Clues

11 January 2011

Recording Fees For Deeds


There are several reasons why deeds don't often tell genealogists as much as we would like, but here is a good one: money.

This image comes from the 1891 Illinois Revised Statutes and indicates that the current recording fee at that point in time was 8 cents for every one hundred words.

Chances are no one was going to pay extra to record words that were not necessary to be included in the document.