• Francis Daniel Pastorius
    Francis Daniel Pastorius ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria
    Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria ©DZT (Doris Klees-Jorde)
  • Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig ©National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mainz
    Mainz ©DZT (Kiedrowski, Rainer)
  • Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil
    Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil ©Kaiserstuehler Touristik-Information Vogtsburg (Rolf Imbery)
  • Gustav Körner (1809-1869)
    Gustav Körner (1809-1869) ©Evarts B. Green: Letters to Gustav Koerner, 1837-1863
  • Gustav Alvin Whitehead
    Gustav Alvin Whitehead ©Copyrhight by Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg
    Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg ©Steinway & Sons
  • The Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
    The Mecklenburgische Seenplatte ©Tourismusverband Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Ramminger)
  • Helmut Newton
    Helmut Newton ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852) in the year 1879
    Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852) in the year 1879 ©Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
  • Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen
    Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen ©Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten / Winterthur
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser
    The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser ©J. Mueller AG
  • Emile Berliner
    Emile Berliner ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection
  • The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot
    The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot ©PUMA
  • 100th birthday of Egon Eiermann
    100th birthday of Egon Eiermann ©Deutsche Post 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.