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French & Spanish Land Grants

The French and Spanish governments ruled the St. Louis area before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Both the French and Spanish governors provided land grants to the early settlers. The 1838 Dupré Atlas outlines of the grants.

This index provides the name of the grantee and the book and page number of the recording. Many of these property owners had to defend their claim with the Board of Land Commissioners in St. Louis. Of the claims heard, about seventy percent were denied. The French and Spanish Land Grants are available on microfilm at the Missouri Digital Heritage at the Missouri State Archives and St. Louis County Library Special Collections.

Missouri State Archives originally compiled this list, and it was prepared for StLGS by Mary Berthold. The index first appeared in the 1975 St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, volume 8, number 3, pages 53–68.


American State Papers, Volume. 8, Public Lands. Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1994.

Atlas of the City and County of St. Louis by Congressional Townships. St. Louis: E. Dupré Lithographer, 1838. [This book is commonly called the Dupré Atlas.]

St. Louis Genealogical Society. Index to the Minutes of the First and Second Board of Land Commissioners, Missouri, 1805–1812, 1832–1835. St. Louis: St. Louis Genealogical Society, 1983.


French & Spanish Land Grants in Land Titles Registers of Record

Showing records 1 to 20 of 3527.

A, [unk] C 466
A Robert Village, [unk] E 298
Abar, Peter B 215
Abernathie, John B 332
Abillet, Joseph D 150
Acilet, Joseph E Question with surname
Adams, Jacob A 337
Adams, Robert A 319
Adams, Samuel A 414
Adkins, John B 145
Aidenger, Christophr B 337
Ailer, Thomas B 215 Question with surname
Aime, John B E
Aime, Joseph D 151
Aler, Louis C 361
Allen, David D 342
Allen, David E
Allen, Doedot B 96
Allen, John A 124
Alley, John C 306

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