• John August Roebling
    John August Roebling ©Stadtverwaltung Muehlhausen/Thueringen (Angelika Bergmann)
  • German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
    German Emigration Center Bremerhaven ©Deutsches Auswandererhaus/German Emigration Center
  • Franka Potente
    Franka Potente ©Wikipedia (Smalltown Boy)
  • Anheuser-Busch Sign
    Anheuser-Busch Sign ©Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
  • BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage
    BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage ©Stadt Dessau, Amt fuer Kultur, Tourismus und Sport (Helbig/Stadtarchiv Dessau)
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Karl Ludwig Nessler
    Karl Ludwig Nessler ©Deutsches Museum/Nessler Archive
  • Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899)
    Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899) ©International Newspaper Museum of the City of Aachen, Germany
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
    Georg Friedrich Händel ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)
  • Pope in Papa-mobil
    Pope in Papa-mobil ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing
  • Bruno Walter
    Bruno Walter ©George Grantham Bain Collection; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Bain News Service)
  • Wittenberg: Luther Memorial on Market Square
    Wittenberg: Luther Memorial on Market Square ©Wittenberg, Fremdenverkehrsbuero
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim (M. Aust)
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen
    Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen ©Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten / Winterthur

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.