• Rudolf Diesel
    Rudolf Diesel
  • Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
  • Richard Hellmann with wife and children
    Richard Hellmann with wife and children ©Stadtarchiv Hellmann Stiftung
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • Anselm Kiefer
    Anselm Kiefer ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Werner Klemperer
    Werner Klemperer ©Wikipedia (Steve Garfield)
  • Carl Schurz
    Carl Schurz ©US Department of Interior
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Brothers Grimm
    Brothers Grimm ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • ADIDAS
    ADIDAS ©LatinContent/Getty Images (Buda Mendes)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst ©Städtische Museen Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Herbert Marcuse
    Herbert Marcuse ©Collection Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker
    Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker ©Gemeinde Angelbachtal (Werner Hausser)
  • Break with Eulitz, Agnes Lilienthal and the 2 sons Otto and Fritz
    Break with Eulitz, Agnes Lilienthal and the 2 sons Otto and Fritz ©Otto Lilienthal Museum (Carl Krassner)
  • 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
  • Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter
    Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer
    ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer ©mhk, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
  • Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993
    Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993 ©Horst Koperschmidt
  • The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser
    The Seaport of Brake located at the lower Weser ©J. Mueller AG

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.