• Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark
    Summer at open-air museum Hessenpark ©Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark GmbH (Eugen Ernst)
  • Wilhelm Loehe
    Wilhelm Loehe ©Dietzfelbinger, Hermann: Die Diakonissenanstalt Neuendettelsau
  • Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel
    Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel ©Archiv der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH Friedrichshafen
  • James Last
    James Last ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Kay Nietfeld)
  • Franka Potente
    Franka Potente ©Wikipedia (Smalltown Boy)
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype
    Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype ©Ottmar Mergenthaler Museum
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • Max Baer
    Max Baer ©Harry Schaffer/Raven Schaffer
  • Pfalzgalerie
    Pfalzgalerie ©Kaiserslautern, Stadtverwaltung
  • Richard Hellmann with wife and children
    Richard Hellmann with wife and children ©Stadtarchiv Hellmann Stiftung
  • Wernher Freiherr von Braun
    Wernher Freiherr von Braun ©Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrarchiv
  • Helmut Newton
    Helmut Newton ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Karl May Library
    Karl May Library ©Karl-May-Museum Radebeul near Dresden
  • Immanuel Kant
    Immanuel Kant
  • Gerhard Richter
    Gerhard Richter ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Children cycling
    Children cycling ©DZT (Norbert Krueger)
  • Adolphus Busch
    Adolphus Busch ©Library of Congress
  • Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum
    Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum ©Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)

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.