• Richard Wagner
    Richard Wagner ©Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim
  • Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt
    Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Engelbert Humperdinck ©What We Hear in Music, Anne S. Faulkner
  • Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen
    Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen ©Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten / Winterthur
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ©Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurter Goethe Museum
  • Doris Day
    Doris Day ©Wikipedia (Universal Pictures)
  • Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim
    Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim ©Frank Witthaus
  • John Jacob Astor
    John Jacob Astor
  • Muehlhausen, town wall
    Muehlhausen, town wall ©Wirtschaftsbetriebe Muehlhausen GmbH (Tino Sieland)
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • 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)
  • Donald Henry Rumsfeld
    Donald Henry Rumsfeld ©US Department of State
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)
  • Karl Marx, 1875
    Karl Marx, 1875 ©International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace
    Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899)
    Baron Paul Julius Reuter (1816 - 1899) ©International Newspaper Museum of the City of Aachen, Germany
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
    J. Robert Oppenheimer ©United States Department of Energy

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.