• Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower
    The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower ©Stadtmarketing Wolfenbüttel GmbH & Co. KG
  • Ornamented Glass Plate in Passau
    Ornamented Glass Plate in Passau ©eorg Hoeltl GmbH Tittling, Glasmuseum Passau
  • Emanuel Leutze
    Emanuel Leutze ©Wikipedia (John D. Shiff)
  • Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg
    Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg ©Steinway & Sons
  • Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum
    Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum ©Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark
    Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark ©Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark GmbH (Eugen Ernst)
  • John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior
    John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (American Press Association)
  • Kurt Weill
    Kurt Weill ©Courtesy Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York
  • Frederick Weyerhäuser
    Frederick Weyerhäuser ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • Michael Ende
    Michael Ende ©Thienemann Verlag GmbH (Caio Garrubba)
  • Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum
    Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum ©DZT (Torsten Krüger)
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach ©Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Paul Carl Beiersdorf
    Paul Carl Beiersdorf ©Beiersdorf AG
  • Heidelberg/Neckar castle
    Heidelberg/Neckar castle ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)

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.