• Emanuel Leutze
    Emanuel Leutze ©Wikipedia (John D. Shiff)
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Wernher Freiherr von Braun
    Wernher Freiherr von Braun ©Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrarchiv
  • John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior
    John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (American Press Association)
  • Emerenz House, Schiefweg
    Emerenz House, Schiefweg ©Stadt Waldkirchen
  • Neo Rauch
    Neo Rauch ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • 1935, Ferdinand Porsche
    1935, Ferdinand Porsche ©Historisches Archiv, Dr. Ing, h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
  • Modern Talking
    Modern Talking ©CHR!S
  • Carl Laemmle
    Carl Laemmle ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Michael Ende
    Michael Ende ©Thienemann Verlag GmbH (Caio Garrubba)
  • Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald
    Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald ©Robert Hellwig
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)
  • Norbert Bisky
    Norbert Bisky ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Anheuser-Busch Sign
    Anheuser-Busch Sign ©Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
  • Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter
    Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Til Schweiger
    Til Schweiger ©Wikipedia (Thomas Schmidt)
  • Baron Frederick Wilhelm von Steuben
    Baron Frederick Wilhelm von Steuben
  • Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark
    Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark ©Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark GmbH (Eugen Ernst)
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©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.