• Paul Carl Beiersdorf
    Paul Carl Beiersdorf ©Beiersdorf AG
  • Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • 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
  • David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)
  • Karl Benz
    Karl Benz
  • John Jacob Astor
    John Jacob Astor
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Schwaebisch-Gmeund
    Schwaebisch-Gmeund ©Schwaebische Alb Tourismusverband
  • Munich: dancing at the Oktoberfest
    Munich: dancing at the Oktoberfest ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Bertelsmann Quarter in Guetersloh
    Bertelsmann Quarter in Guetersloh ©Bertelsmann AG
  • James Last
    James Last ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Kay Nietfeld)
  • Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel
    Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel ©Archiv der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH Friedrichshafen
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Emerenz House, Schiefweg
    Emerenz House, Schiefweg ©Stadt Waldkirchen
  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah Arendt ©Library of Congress, Photographs and Print Division
  • US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base
    US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base ©USAF (David D. Underwood Jr)
  • Mainz
    Mainz ©DZT (Kiedrowski, Rainer)
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg

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.