• Friedrich Schiller
    Friedrich Schiller
  • Frankfurt, at the River Main: Flößer bridge and Skyline
    Frankfurt, at the River Main: Flößer bridge and Skyline ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Pope in Papa-mobil
    Pope in Papa-mobil ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing
  • Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer
  • George Drumm
    George Drumm ©Ortsgemeinde Essweiler
  • Til Schweiger
    Til Schweiger ©Wikipedia (Thomas Schmidt)
  • The "Pingelhus" in Aurich
    The "Pingelhus" in Aurich ©Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Lake Starnberger See
    Lake Starnberger See ©DZT (Doris Klees-Jorde)
  • Castle Erlangen
    Castle Erlangen ©Topf
  • Eisenach: Luther-House
    Eisenach: Luther-House ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • 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)
  • Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim
    Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim ©Frank Witthaus
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Carl Laemmle
    Carl Laemmle ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer
    Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer ©Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt a.M./Archivzentrum/Schopenhauer-Archiv
  • Gustav Alvin Whitehead
    Gustav Alvin Whitehead ©Copyrhight by Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Engelbert Humperdinck ©What We Hear in Music, Anne S. Faulkner
  • Immanuel Kant
    Immanuel Kant
  • Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld
    Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld ©Krefeld Marketing and City Development

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.