Allen County Register of Deeds


Cara Barkdoll
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Mailing & Street Address
1 N. Washington
Iola, KS 66749-2835
Phone: 620-365-1412
Fax: 620-365-1414
Cara Barkdoll  








Register of Deeds
Cara Barkdoll
Cara's third term as Register of Deeds began February 1, 2009 and will continue through January 2013. She was employed as a clerk in this office January 1997, and served as Deputy January 1998 until December 1999. At that time, her predecessor Jacqueline Webb retired, and Cara was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to serve the rest of the term. Cara's first full term began February 2001.

Term: thru January 2013

Party: Republican



Michelle M. Smith

Michelle began working in the Register of Deeds' Office in July 2003, and was appointed Deputy April 2004. She performs the duties of the Register of Deeds in her absence.




Cara Barkdoll & Michelle M. Smith
Picture of Cara Barkdoll & Michelle M. Smith


Duties and Responsibilities

The Register of Deeds shall have custody of and safely keep and preserve all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds shall also record or cause to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds and shall perform all other duties as are required by law.

What is in our office?

The following information is available in the Register of Deeds office:

    • Applications for Birth/Death/Marriage records (Office of Vital Statistics in Topeka) (Birth & Death Records from July 1, 1911 to Present)
    • Recorded Military Discharges
    • Old Maps of Cities
    • Land records dating back to 1862
    • Numerical Land Index Books from 1862 to Present
    • Mortgages from 1862 to Present
    • Oil, Gas, & Minerals Owner Records from 1862 to Present
    • Recorded Surveys
    • Road Records & Survey Information (previously kept in Public Works Office)
    • Rural Allen County School Records from 1901 through 1958 (also Gas & LaHarpe Elementary)
    • Subdivision Plats & Restrictive Covenants
    • Tax Liens (Federal & State)
    • UCC Fixture Filings

Links & Forms

Search Allen County Records:

Land Records Pay As You Go Search

Land Recrods Monthly Subscription Search


Bureau of Land Management:



Kansas Division of Vital Statistics

Dealing with Deeds:


Dealing with Mortgages:


Dealing with UCCs: