Sure, Lindy, you make my point. If you were born in the US, and your parents elsewhere, clearly you are a first-generation American. Second generation is trickier, unless all four grandparents immigrated, but you and your parents were born here. Otherwise, you start getting into qualifiers like 'on my mother's side.' And so on. I think few of us can say, simply and without asterisks,.'I am an nth-generation American.' Most of us can count from the ancestor of our choice, to suit our mood or audience. Take my great grandmother, for example. Her father came from Ireland. Her mother was born in Alabama, of a family of at least a few generations of homegrown Americans on both sides, including some pre-Revolutionary ones.. Was my ggm a first-generation American, or some higher number? Her father and mother might have given you different answers to that question. :) That's all I'm saying: for the vast majority of us, the story is way more complex and interesting than we can convey with a single, ill-defined generation number.