• Happy Cherries
    Happy Cherries ©HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG
  • Peter Minuit, Director General of Dutch colony of New Netherland, 1626 - 1631 and founder of New Sweden 1638
    Peter Minuit, Director General of Dutch colony of New Netherland, 1626 - 1631 and founder of New Sweden 1638 ©Stadt Wesel
  • Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher
  • Wernher Freiherr von Braun
    Wernher Freiherr von Braun ©Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrarchiv
  • Stuttgart: New palace with palace place
    Stuttgart: New palace with palace place ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil
    Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil ©Kaiserstuehler Touristik-Information Vogtsburg (Rolf Imbery)
  • Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs"
    Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs" ©Courtesy of Corporation soreloise du patrimoine régional (CSPR)
  • Friedrich Bayer
    Friedrich Bayer ©Bayer AG Archive
  • John Jacob Bausch
    John Jacob Bausch ©Bausch and Lomb
  • Adolph Cluss 1900
    Adolph Cluss 1900 ©Stadtarchiv Heilbronn; courtesy of Rudolf de Millas und Erika Spiegel
  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann ©Johann Anton Völlner, Hamburg
  • Donald Henry Rumsfeld
    Donald Henry Rumsfeld ©US Department of State
  • First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman
    First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman ©National Archives, Harry S. Truman Library
  • Berta Hummel, self portrait
    Berta Hummel, self portrait ©Alfred Hummel
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Dr. Guenter Blobel
    Dr. Guenter Blobel ©National Institutes of Health (NIH), agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules
    Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum
    Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum ©Zeppelin Museum
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Ludwig van Beethoven ©Bonn, Tourismus & Congress GmbH

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.