• Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church
    Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church ©Torgau Informations-Center
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument
    Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument ©Stadt Dachau, Amt für Kultur, Fremdenverkehr & Zeitgeschichte
  • Anheuser-Busch Sign
    Anheuser-Busch Sign ©Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
  • Frederick Weyerhäuser
    Frederick Weyerhäuser ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski ©The Huntington Library (Eckarth Palutke)
  • Johannes Brahms
    Johannes Brahms
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Bruno Walter
    Bruno Walter ©George Grantham Bain Collection; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Bain News Service)
  • Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker
    Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker ©Gemeinde Angelbachtal (Werner Hausser)
  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ©picture alliance/dpa
  • David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)
  • City of Verden: Horses in front of town
    City of Verden: Horses in front of town ©Tourist-Information Verden
  • Emile Berliner
    Emile Berliner ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)
  • Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim
    Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case
    Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case ©Faber-Castell AG
  • Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs"
    Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs" ©Courtesy of Corporation soreloise du patrimoine régional (CSPR)
  • The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser
    The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser ©J. Mueller AG

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.