• View on Lunden with tower of Church St. Laurentius
    View on Lunden with tower of Church St. Laurentius ©WikiTour 2005
  • Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame"
    Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame" ©Fernwehpark (Klaus Beer, Terra Film)
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Marlene Dietrich 1904
    Marlene Dietrich 1904 ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • The "Pingelhus" in Aurich
    The "Pingelhus" in Aurich ©Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Joseph Beuys
    Joseph Beuys ©Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt
    Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt
  • Frederick Weyerhäuser
    Frederick Weyerhäuser ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument
    Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument ©Stadt Dachau, Amt für Kultur, Fremdenverkehr & Zeitgeschichte
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Magdeburg at night
    Magdeburg at night ©IMG Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (Michael Bader)
  • Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899)
    Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899) ©International Newspaper Museum of the City of Aachen, Germany
  • Edenkoben surrounded by vine
    Edenkoben surrounded by vine ©Michael Schmitt, Suedliche Weinstrasse Edenkoben e.V. (J. Alter)
  • Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld
    Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld ©Krefeld Marketing and City Development
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government

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.