Where in Germany would "Rinefelde" be in 1920?

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The 1920 US Census lists my great-grandmother's place of birth as Rinefelde Ger. In 1910 it was listed as Ger German, and elsewhere is listed as just Germany. 

I don't speak or read German, and there are locations that appear to be possibilities, however nothing matches that spelling. Any help is appreciated.

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in Genealogy Help by Karen Fuller G2G6 Mach 3 (33.8k points)
I suspect its Reinfeld, now part of the  Hamburg metropolitan area.

That might be a spelling error. It could be Reinfeld or could be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheinfelden_(Baden) not to be confused with the town immediately north in Switzerland also called Rheinfelden which has some intriguing history yes

You can read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheinfelden

I assume it's a phonetic spelling of some sort, but I don't find any similar names in the area of Germany I assume she came from, Ingenheim, Bavaria.
Ingenheim is only 15 mi or so from the Rhine so I would think it might be Rheinfelde, the literal translation “field on the Rhine”.  I did not find that name either so it might have been a very small farming community absorbed by another town.

Thank you! I believe this is likely the answer! Also, rather than suggesting "1920" as the date, I probably should have stated something closer to the date she was born - 1878.

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Remember that place names are more often than not spelled the way they sound to the person taking down the information. 

Reinfeld, Schleswig-Holstein

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

I had thought in a google search that might be the location, until I looked at it on a map. The parents and siblings I believe are hers were married/born in a totally different part of Germany, Ingenheim. There are birth/christening/marriage records for the parents and siblings, but nothing for her. Therefore, I want to make sure I have her attached to the right family; I used the parents' names listed on the original marriage certificate (which is in my possession) to find the family I have her attached to.

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