• Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government
  • Melitta Coffee Filter paper
    Melitta Coffee Filter paper ©Melitta
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Eisenach: Luther-House
    Eisenach: Luther-House ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921
    Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921 ©George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C.
  • Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band
    Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band ©Hawaii State Archives
  • Paul Carl Beiersdorf
    Paul Carl Beiersdorf ©Beiersdorf AG
  • Bertelsmann Quarter in Guetersloh
    Bertelsmann Quarter in Guetersloh ©Bertelsmann AG
  • Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt
    Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt
  • Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923)
    Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923) ©Deutsches Roentgen-Museum
  • Dr. Guenter Blobel
    Dr. Guenter Blobel ©National Institutes of Health (NIH), agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Grace Kelly, Actress
  • US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base
    US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base ©USAF (David D. Underwood Jr)
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case
    Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case ©Faber-Castell AG
  • David Rittenhouse
    David Rittenhouse ©New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, Print and Photographs Division
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)

German Heritage - Discover the routes to your roots

Travel back in time and uncover the traces of your ancestors! From the most momentous points in the history of German immigration to today’s American multicultural society: Germans have always taken part in shaping the country.

Travel our Timeline of Emigration and revive historic moments of the past 400 years. Reveal the history of your ancestors in the Genealogy section, and find valuable links to regional archives and helpful research websites.

In the Famous People section, learn about well-known German-Americans who inspired American culture and society. Then plan your trip to Germany and visit historic places which tell the story of German emigrants to America.

Click here to read a Welcome Letter from the German Ambassador in the United States.