2023 Officers and Directors

(left to right) Lynn Thompson, President; Ray Reininger – Treasurer; Amy Howell – Secretary; Alton Rahe – Director of Publications; Simone Hierholzer – Director of Membership; John Coers – Director of Genealogy; Tommy Daum – Director of Publicity. Not pictured: Connie Krause – Director of Footsteps

40th Anniversary of the Comal County Genealogy Society

We’re turning 40! Join Comal County Genealogy Society members for our fall picnic and anniversary celebration, September 13, from 6-9 pm at Landa Park, Pavilion #16. All food will be catered by Granzin’s; just bring yourself! We’ll have cake for dessert! John Coers will relate highlights of our 40 years! 

RSVP by Friday, September 9 to Vice-president Lynn Thompson (Lynn.Thompson1954@gmail.com)

If you need to re-up your membership, please mail a check for $20 (individual) or $25 (family) to Comal County Genealogy Society, PO Box 310160, NB, TX 78131

Activities Resuming

Now that the Covid-19 scare has subsided and things have returned closer to normal, the CCGS Board has decided to resume activities and meetings when possible. See the Events Calendar for more information on each meeting.

If you are a member, please renew for 2022. If you are not a member yet, please consider joining. A membership form is at http://www.ccgstexas.org/membership/

The Sophienburg Archive reopened for research on Feb. 1. This will be by appointment only; please call 830-629-1572 to make a reservation.

175th Celebration of New Braunfels Founding

The 175th Celebration of New Braunfels Founding events scheduled from 14 to 22 March 2020 are postponed. This is not the first time in the celebration of its Founding that there has been a postponement, although for very different reasons.

Items from the time capsule may be picked up now however from the Sophienburg Museum.

More information can be found at https://since1845.com/

To ensure that the items in the New Braunfels 125th Anniversary Time Capsule did not partially or entirely deteriorate, the Capsule was open in advance under the supervision of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.  They reported all items survived and an inventory was made of the contents. See this link for a list of the contents, including who provided it and who the object was intended.

Surrounding Counties

Counties Surrounding Comal
Comal Hays Blanco Kendall Bexar Guadalupe Gillespie Kerr Bandera Medina Wilson Gonzales Caldwell Bastrop Travis Williamson Burnet Llano
County Website TXGenWeb Site Genealogical and Historical Societies
Comal County Comal County TXGenWeb Comal County Genealogy Society
Bexar County Bexar County TXGenWeb Canary Island Descendants

The Siege of Bexar Descendants

African American Genealogical & Historical Society

Los Bexarenos Genealogical Society

Los Bexarenos Quarterly Register Publications

Hispanic Genealogical Society

San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society

Bexar County Czech Heritage Society

Blanco County Blanco County TXGenWeb
Guadalupe County Guadalupe County TXGenWeb Guadalupe County Genealogical Society
Hays County Hays County TXGenWeb
Kendall County Kendall County TXGenWeb Genealogical Society of Kendall County
Bandera County Bandera County TXGenWeb
Bastrop County Bastrop County TXGenWeb
Burnet County Burnet County TXGenWeb Burnet County Genealogical Society
Caldwell County Caldwell County TXGenWeb
Gillespie County Gillespie County TXGenWeb Fredericksburg Genealogical Society
Gonzales County Gonzales County TXGenWeb
Kerr County Kerr County TXGenWeb
Llano County Llano County TXGenWeb
Medina County Medina County TXGenWeb
Travis County Travis County TXGenWeb Austin Genealogical Society
Williamson County Williamson County TXGenWeb Williamson County Genealogical Society

 

Wilson County Wilson County TXGenWeb Wilson County Historical Society

Handbook of Texas Online Articles

Various articles dealing with Comal County and the history of the area from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Partner and Periodical Exchange Societies

Organizations that have Partnered or Exchange Periodicals with the Comal County Genealogy Society:

Austin Genealogical Society PO Box 10010; Austin, TX 78766-1010
Brazos Genealogy Association PO Box 5493; Bryan, TX 77805-5493
Burnet County Genealogy Society 100 E Washington St; Burnet, TX 78611-3114
Caldwell Genealogical & Historical Society 215 S. Pecan Ave.; Luling, TX 78648-2607
Calhoun County Genealogy Society 225 Rokyta Lane; Port Lavaca, TX 77979
Castro Colonies Heritage Association PO Box 636; Castroville, TX 78009-0636
Center for American History- Serials Assistant SR 2.101; Austin, TX 78712-1026
Clayton Library Friends 5300 Caroline; Houston, TX 77004-6896
Collin County Genealogical Society PO Box 865052; Plano, TX 75086-5052
Dittlinger Memorial Library 700 E Common Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130-4273
Fredericksburg Genealogical Society PO Box 164; Fredericksburg, TX 78624-0164
Genealogical Society of Lee County 276 N Orange; Giddings, TX 78942-2830
Genealogical Society of Utah 50 East North Temple St.; Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
German Genealogical Society of America 417 Irving Dr; Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Germanic Genealogy Society PO Box 16312; St. Paul, MN 55116-0312
Gregg County Genealogy Soc PO Box 2985; Longview, TX 75606-2985
Guadalupe County Genealogy Society 707 E College St; Seguin, TX 78155-3217
Hamilton County Genealogy Society 209 W Henry St; Hamilton, TX 76531-1813
Harlingen Public Library., Tip-O-Texas Genealogy Society 410  76 Dr; Harlingen, TX 78550-5072
Heart of Texas Records / Central Texas Genealogical Society 1717 Austin Ave.; Waco, TX 76701-1741
Kendall County Genealogical Society

PO Box 623 ; Boerne, TX 78006-0623
Kerrville Genealogical Society 505 Water St; Kerrville, TX 78028-5316
Leon County Genealogy Society PO Box 400; Centerville, TX 75833-0400
Los Bexarenos Genealogy Society PO Box 1935; San Antonio, TX 78297-1935
Matagorda County Genealogy Society PO Box 264; Bay City, TX 77414-0264
Milam County Genealogy Society 201 Ackerman St; Rockdale, TX 76567-2901
Nesbitt Memorial Library 529 Washington St; Columbus, TX 78934-2326
Palatines to America Library 611 East Weber Rd; Columbus, OH 43211-1097
Pecan Valley Genealogy Society 1707 Third St; Brownwood, TX 76801-4227
Pommerscher Verein Freistadt PO Box 204; Germantown, WI 53022-0204
San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society PO Box 3453; San Angelo, TX 76902-3453
San Antonio Genealogy & Historical Library PO Box 790087; San Antonio, TX 78279-0087
San Antonio Public Library Texana/Genealogy 600 Solidad; San Antonio, TX 78205-1208
Somervell Co. Genealogy & Heritage Society PO Box 1097; Glen Rose, TX 76043-1097
Sophienburg Museum & Archives 401 W Coll ; New Braunfels, TX 78130-5618
Southwest Texas Genealogical Society PO Box 295; Uvalde, TX 78802-0295
St. Louis Genealogical Society PO Box 43010 ; St. Louis, MO 63143-0010
Texas Historical Commission PO Box 12276; Austin, TX 78711-2276
Tye Preston Memorial Library 1321 FM 2673; Canyon Lake, TX 78133-4565
Victoria County Genealogical Society PO Box 413; Victoria, TX 77902-0413
Washington County Genealogy Society 2211 S Day St, Ste 105; Brenham, TX 77833-5514
Williamson County Genealogical Society PO Box 585; Round Rock, TX 78680-0585
Wisconsin Historical Society 816 State St.; Madison, WI 53706-1482
La Vernia Historical Assoc. PO Box 513; La Vernia, TX 78121-0513
The Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society 104 IH 45N; Conroe, TX 77301-2720
Texas State Genealogical Society

The Story Tellers

We are the chosen. My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So,we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can’t let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

Originally written by Della M. Cummings Wright. Re-written by her Grand Daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis Johnson. Edited and Reworded By Tom Dunn