• 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)
  • Max Baer
    Max Baer ©Harry Schaffer/Raven Schaffer
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)
  • John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior
    John Davison Rockefeller Senior and Junior ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (American Press Association)
  • Helmut Newton
    Helmut Newton ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald
    Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald ©Robert Hellwig
  • Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt
    Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim (M. Aust)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Minster ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser
    The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser ©J. Mueller AG
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Heidelberg/Neckar castle
    Heidelberg/Neckar castle ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • John August Roebling
    John August Roebling ©Stadtverwaltung Muehlhausen/Thueringen (Angelika Bergmann)
  • Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil
    Vogtsburg, Oberrottweil ©Kaiserstuehler Touristik-Information Vogtsburg (Rolf Imbery)
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
    J. Robert Oppenheimer ©United States Department of Energy
  • Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer

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.