Robert Ross, a state surveyor and Eunice native, presents Texas County Recorder Susan Warkentin with microfilm of all Texas County surveys recorded from 1856-2011.

Microfilm of Texas County’s recorded surveys from 1856-2011 were recently presented to the Texas County Recorder’s Office.

Robert Ross of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ land survey program made the presentation to Recorder Susan Warkentin at her office inside the Texas County Administrative Center.

The program was established in 1969 to assist recorders in preservation of historical surveys, without any expense to the county. Because Missouri law does not require all surveys to be recorded, a historical survey is often the only reference for a surveyor conducting a new survey. Historians and genealogists also often refer to older surveys when conducting research.

“As a lifelong resident of Texas County, I’m proud to know I am part of assuring these important historical surveys are preserved,” said Ross, a Eunice native and registered professional land surveyor. “Microfilm is a trusted, durable, long lasting backup to digital recordings, and reduces the number of times original paper records are handled. Working with Missouri recorders to archive and preserve these records is what the land survey program is all about.”

Warkentin said anyone with questions about surveys available for public review should contact the recorder’s office at 417-967-8438, or the land survey office at 573-368-2300.

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