• Wilhelm Loehe
    Wilhelm Loehe ©Dietzfelbinger, Hermann: Die Diakonissenanstalt Neuendettelsau
  • Museumspark Rüdersdorf: Rumford Oven
    Museumspark Rüdersdorf: Rumford Oven ©Harald Rossa
  • Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen
    Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen ©Axel Brinkmann
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer
    ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer ©mhk, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
  • Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum
    Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum ©Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Pope in Papa-mobil
    Pope in Papa-mobil ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing
  • Ernst Lubitsch
    Ernst Lubitsch ©Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin (A. Binder)
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum Buttenheim (T. Roppelt)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D. Eisenhower ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (Fabian Bachrach)
  • David Rittenhouse
    David Rittenhouse ©New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, Print and Photographs Division
  • 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)
  • Bruno Walter
    Bruno Walter ©George Grantham Bain Collection; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Bain News Service)
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Berta Hummel, self portrait
    Berta Hummel, self portrait ©Alfred Hummel
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil
    Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil ©Kaiserstuehler Touristik-Information Vogtsburg (Rolf Imbery)
  • John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior
    John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (American Press Association)
  • Erich Kästner
    Erich Kästner ©Wikipedia (Erich Kästner)

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.