• Doris Day
    Doris Day ©Wikipedia (Universal Pictures)
  • Johannes Brahms
    Johannes Brahms
  • Kurt Weill
    Kurt Weill ©Courtesy Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York
  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Eugene Mc Carthy
    Eugene Mc Carthy ©Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edenkoben surrounded by vine
    Edenkoben surrounded by vine ©Michael Schmitt, Suedliche Weinstrasse Edenkoben e.V. (J. Alter)
  • Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water
    Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water ©Wikinger Museum Haithabu
  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann ©Johann Anton Völlner, Hamburg
  • Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Castle Erlangen
    Castle Erlangen ©Topf
  • Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker
    Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker ©Gemeinde Angelbachtal (Werner Hausser)
  • Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany
    Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany ©Wikipedia
  • Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald
    Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald ©Robert Hellwig
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Historic advertisement to emigrate in Local Newspaper "Trompeter of Saeckingen", year 1866
    Historic advertisement to emigrate in Local Newspaper "Trompeter of Saeckingen", year 1866 ©Stadtarchiv Bad Saeckingen (Marco Schwarz)
  • Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum
    Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum ©Zeppelin Museum
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Éxhibition dedicated to German expressionist painter Emil Nolde
    Éxhibition dedicated to German expressionist painter Emil Nolde ©Wikipedia (Emil Nolde)
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • David Rittenhouse
    David Rittenhouse ©New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, Print and Photographs Division

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.