- The 2012 Romberger All-Family Reunion happened July 28, 2012! Many thanks to everyone who came and made it a great day. There's a photo album up for it now.
We were thrilled to connect with family and descendants and bring new folks into the fold.
Our name has several variants like Ramberger, Rumberger, Rambarger, Rumbarger and even Raumberger and Rauchenberger which were the original names in Germany so far as we can find.
People wonder "How do I know I'm related?" The answer is, if you are an American Romberger or descended from one (or one of the variation spellings), the odds are about 99% that you are descended from our immigrant ancestor Bartholomaus Raumberger, or "Barthel" for short. He left plagues, droughts and big church taxes behind in Germany. A humble miller who rented his mill, he managed to buy passage for himself, and three kids, while sadly most people couldn't escape the poverty. In 1753, after a journey of over two months, he arrived in Philadelphia.
The Romberger Family Association has been meeting since the 1980's in the acclaimed Romberger All-Family Reunion. The reunions focus on appreciating family, compiling and preserving family history, and building relationships to continue the reunion and genealogy traditions.
Why do people come? Some to meet other Rombergers, others to share and get more of their genealogy. Some like the historic value of the church they're held in or the graveyard next door where many Romberger forebears rest. Some just like to eat and civilly party while hearing family history. Whatever the motivation, people have always turned out and had fun.
To see more about our ancestor, see the notes pages, which also will give you an idea what the reunion was like too.
In general... we're here looking to friend and meet up with Rombergers (and all spelling variations thereof) and their descendants, and continue building friendships so future generations know their roots and family without struggle.
- If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
--George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
--Jane Howard, "Families"
The family meal is a formality that cultivates in us... a capacity for sharing, generosity, thoughtfulness, a talent for civilized conversation.
--Francine Du Plessix Gray
Before the fall
When they wrote it on the wall
When there wasn't even any Hollywood
They heard the call
And they wrote it on the wall
For you and me we understood
Can it be this sad design
Could be the very same
A wooly man without a face
And a beast without a name
Nothin' here but history
Can you see what has been done
Memory rush over me
Now I step into the sun
--Caves of Altimira, Becker/Fagen
He that has no fools, knaves, or beggars, in his family, was begot by a flash of lightning.