More Americans trace their heritage back to German ancestry than to any other nationality. More than seven million Germans have come to our shores through the years, and today some 60 million Americans — one in four — are of German descent.
I married a good old German boy and my name became Reinicke. It took me a lot of practice to be able to spell it before I got married. Since that day 40 years have passed and I have spelled it a million times for people who are lost on the spelling and pronunciation.
Rich’s ancestors came from Berlin in 1892. His grandfather was only three months old when his parents arrived and were placed in Dayton Ohio, along with many other Reinicke’s.
To me it is amazing that a family would travel across the ocean with a three month old to a new land not knowing the future ahead of them.
America is still a land that we want to live in- much to the credit of our German ancestors.
Happy American-German day!