I found this board while surfing for the new forum where all the Ellis Island records are supposed to be accessible (never found it). Anyway, I saw Rich Rimbach's clan posting and I'd like to contribute.
My grandfather, August Wilhelm Rimbach was born in Saarbruken in 1882. His father was Conrad Karl Rimbach born in 1846 in Saarbruken. His father was Conrad Rimbach born in 1821 in Richelsdorf (Hes) in 1821 (he was married to Karolina Boussonville which I understand is a "franglisized" version of her German maiden name which I believe was something like Bussville (not sure)). His father was also named Conrad Rimbach who was also born in Richelsdorf (Hes), date unknown.
I have been trying unsuccessfully to find when my grandfather (August) arrived in the US and where. He was apparently the only one in the family to emigrate and I'm sure it was between 1900 and 1910 as he married my grandmother in 1912 in Indiana. The last record of any kind I have on him is a letter he wrote to his relatives in Germany in 1934 from Chicago. I am in contact with his extended family still living in the Saarbruken region in Germany (there is also another non-related Rimbach family living in that area).
Anyway, I am apparently from the Hesse region like Rich described in his clan message. If my Conrad can relate to anyone, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks.