European Union Selects “Euro-English” over German

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

Bibliography for Comal County

1900 Census, Comal County, Texas. (New Braunfels, Texas: Sophienburg Museum & Archives, not dated.)

Cemeteries of New Braunfels in Comal County, Texas. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1985.)

Index to Probate Minutes of Comal County, Texas: Books H – Q Feb 1885 to Aug 1924. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1992.)

Schoolhouses in the Hills. (New Braunfels, Texas.)
History of Bulverde Area Schools by 5th grade SAGE students, Bulverde Elementary School.

Bode, Dana. Index to Naturalization Papers Comal County, Texas: March 1847 Thru January 18, 1927. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1989.)

Brueckner, Alfred. Burial Records of Comal Cemetery 1873-1900 Comal County, Texas Sexton’s Records. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1987.)

Brueckner, Alfred. Burial Records of Old New Braunfels Cemetery 1873-1917 from Comal County, Texas Sexton’s Records. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1987.)

Canion, Ethel & Call, Tom. Burial Records of Old New Braunfels and Comal Cemetery Including Freeman Section 1917-1957. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, not dated.)

Chapple, Marcella. Name Index to Oscar Haas’ History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas 1844-1946. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, not dated.)

Fey, Everett Anthony Fey. New Braunfels: The First Founders. (New Braunfels, Texas 1994.) ISBN: 0-89015-987-4, Vol. 1 1052 pages.
Two Volumes: The most thoroughly researched book ever written about the Founding of New Braunfels. Volume I is the history. Volume II is the genealogies.

Fuhrmann, Monica & Moeller, Genevieve & Wille, Emma. The History of Saints Peter and Paul Church and Parish 1844-1974. (New Braunfels, Texas: Saints Peter and Paul Church, 1974.)

Gish, Theodore. The Diary of Hermann Seele and Seele’s Sketches from Texas: Pioneer, Civic and Cultural Leader, German-Texan Writer. (Austin, Texas: German-Texan Heritage Society, 1995.) ISBN:0-944779-06-9 503 pages

Gregory, Rosemarie Leissner & Goff, Myra Lee Adams. A Journey in Faith: The History of First Protestant Church, New Braunfels, Texas, 1844-1995. (New Braunfels, Texas: First Protestant Church, 1994.)

Haas, Oscar. History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas, 1844-1946. (Austin, Texas: Hart Graphics, Inc., 1968. )
This is the definitive history of the area.

Haas, Oscar. The First Protestant Church, Its History and Its People 1845-1955. (New Braunfels, Texas: The Zeitung, 1955.)

Ingmire, Frances T.. Comal County, Texas Probate Cases. (Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, 2003.)

Lombardo, Rebecca. Historic Comal County. (: Historical Publishing Network, 2006.) ISBN:1-893619-51-6 94 pages

McManus, J.. Comal County, Texas and New Braunfels German Immigration Ships 1845-1846. (Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Mountain Press, not dated.)

Nuhn, Roger. New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes: 365 Daily Reminders of What Occurred in New Braunfels During the Last 150 Years. (New Braunfels, Texas: Sophienburg Museum and Archives, 1995.)

Poerner, Arlene Steubing & White, Susan Poerner. Lest We Forget: Cemeteries of Comal County, Texas and Surrounding Areas Excluding New Braunfels. (New Braunfels, Texas: Comal County Genealogy Society, 1989.)

Rahe, Alton. History of Sattler and Mountain Valley School, Comal County, Texas 1846 ? 1964. (New Braunfels, Texas.)
Brings to life the Community before Canyon Dam was constructed, along with the genealogy of 26 pioneer families.

Robinson-Zwahr, Robert R. Jr.. Die Bremerverwandtschaft in Deutschland Und in Texas (The Bremers and Their Kin in Germany and in Texas). (Wichita Falls, Texas: Nortex Press, 1977.) ISBN:0-89015-131-8 1630 pages
This book contains many genealogies of early families in Comal and Guadalupe County.

Roemer, Ferdinand Dr.. Texas: With Particular Reference to German Immigration and the Physical Appearance of the Country. (Austin, Texas: German-Texan Heritage Society, 1995.) ISBN:1-57168-043-2

Schmidt, Curt E.. Neu-Braunfelser Jahrbuch 1981. (New Braunfels, Texas: Folkways Publishing Co., 1981.)

Schuchard, Rev. August. Familienbuch Der Deutsch-Protestantischen Gemeinde zu Neubraunfels (Family Book of the Members of the First Protestant Church of New Braunfels). (New Braunfels, Texas: First Protestant Church, 1869. )
Original manuscript of early church family group sheets recorded by the pastor of First Protestant Church.

Sophienburg Museum, New Braunfels, Texas. Guten Appetit!. (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1978.) ISBN:LOC 78-73068 280 pages
Recipes from New Braunfels and Comal County. Many handed down through the generations.


Primary Sources for Genealogical Information in Comal County

County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin, Suite 101, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • 1845 to present: land records (name of buyer & seller), deeds of trust, Power of Attorney, proof of heirship, foreclosures (Sheriff’s sale), right-of-way (road, utilities, etc.), maps and plats of towns and property in Comal County.
  • Index to naturalization records and other records if done in probate or commissioners court.
  • 1846 to present: marriage records. 1903-present: birth and death records.
  • Records on Marks and Brands, 1845-present.
  • Estray Animals, 1847-present; Military Discharge, 1919-present; surveyor’s records 1836-present; probate records 1846-present

District Clerk’s Office, Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin, Suite 304, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • Naturalization records, unspecified dates.
  • Civil & Criminal Court records, 1846-present.

First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • Church records from 1845 to present (translated from German). Records include baptism, marriage, confirmation, death, and communion.
  • Neighborville & Hortontown church records, 1850-1905 (not translated).
  • Family trees of church members (1856).
  • Some family research.
  • Reverend Ervendburg’s records (some translated) 1836-1845.

Catholic Chancery Archives, 2718 W. Woodlawn, San Antonio, TX 78228

  • Baptisms: 1849-present; marriages, deaths: 1852-present.

Sophienburg Archives, 401 West Coll Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • German Language local newspapers from 1852-1957 (Neu Braunfelser Zeitung). Partially indexed.
  • English Language newspaper from 1905-present (New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung).
  • Oral history by many “old-timers”, 2,000+ at this writing. About 30% transcribed and indexed.
  • Photographs-Seidel / Braunfels Studio collection 1928-1980. Others from Herald Zeitung, and private collections totaling nearly 1 million.
  • Family Bibles and books.
  • Solms-Braunfels Archives Collection (German). Indexed.
  • All Comal County Genealogy Society holdings.