Lance Meisenheimer
County Clerk & Recorder

309 West Mar­ket Street, Room 116
Jones­boro, Illi­nois 62952

Phone: 618–833-5711
Fax: 618–833-8712

Office Hours: Mon­day-Fri­day, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Union Coun­ty Clerk serves as ex-offi­cio Clerk of the Coun­ty Board. The Coun­ty Clerk records coun­ty board meet­ing min­utes, res­o­lu­tions and ordi­nances, pub­li­cizes Coun­ty Board meet­ings, issues Coun­ty licens­es, main­tains records and issues cer­tifi­cates of vital sta­tis­tics, reg­is­ters vot­ers, con­ducts elec­tions, files cam­paign dis­clo­sure and state­ments of eco­nom­ic inter­est, reg­is­ters notary publics, and reg­is­ters assumed busi­ness names. The Coun­ty Clerk is respon­si­ble for record­ing and main­tain­ing per­ma­nent, pub­lic record of all real estate trans­ac­tions in Union Coun­ty. Land records in this office date from 1818 to the present and vital records date from 1878 to present. It is the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Coun­ty Clerk to serve the pub­lic and uphold the law by fol­low­ing the applic­a­ble statutes of the State of Illinois.

Land Records


Lare­do is account-based search­ing tool for users who access land-record doc­u­ments on a reg­u­lar basis with sev­er­al sub­scrip­tion pack­ages to choose from. To sign up for a sub­scrip­tion, please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Clerk’s Office at (618)833‑5711 or If the doc­u­ments need­ed are not avail­able online, please con­sid­er send­ing your request through Offi­cial Records Online (ORO).


Tapes­try is an on-demand ser­vice for occa­sion­al or one-time search­es for land records which is paid per search (using a cred­it card). Each search includes abil­i­ty to view images at no addi­tion­al cost. There is an addi­tion­al fee to print the images. No user agree­ment required. If the doc­u­ments need­ed are not avail­able online, please con­sid­er send­ing your request through Offi­cial Records Online (ORO).

Official Records Online

Offi­cial Records Online (ORO) allows the pub­lic to request cer­ti­fied and uncer­ti­fied vital records over the inter­net (birth, death, and mar­riage doc­u­ments). This will be espe­cial­ly help­ful as res­i­dents must have cer­tain vital records in order to obtain a REAL-ID.


Property Fraud

Accord­ing to the FBI, Prop­er­ty and Mort­gage Fraud is the fastest grow­ing white-col­lar crime. It can be as sim­ple as some­one record­ing a fraud­u­lent doc­u­ment in the Coun­ty Land Records office, mak­ing it look as though they now own your home or property.

To address these con­cerns, your Union Coun­ty Land Records office has teamed up to cre­ate a noti­fi­ca­tion ser­vice that will help you com­bat the effects of Land fraud and oth­er sim­i­lar fraud­u­lent activ­i­ties. Click below for more information.


Recording Fees

Stan­dard Flat Fee Size $60.00
Legal Flat Fee Size $72.00

Sub­di­vi­sion Plats $75.00
Addi­tion­al Lot $1.00

Sur­veys $60.00
Cer­ti­fied Real Estate Records Copies $10.00

Additional Fees:

Mar­riage License $40.00

Cer­ti­fied Birth $15.00
Each Addi­tion­al $10.00

Cer­ti­fied Death $15.00
Each Addi­tion­al $10.00

Cer­ti­fied Marriage $15.00
Each Addi­tion­al $10.00

Mil­i­tary Discharge FREE

Copies Per Page $0.50