• Oldenburg’s harbour
    Oldenburg’s harbour ©Oldenburg Tourismus und Marketing GmbH (Verena Brandt)
  • Andernach
    Andernach ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Photochrom Prints Collection
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
  • Munich: dancing at the Oktoberfest
    Munich: dancing at the Oktoberfest ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Berlin, picture gallery at the former Checkpoint Charlie border
    Berlin, picture gallery at the former Checkpoint Charlie border ©DZT (Hans-Peter Merten)
  • Gutach: "Trachtenträger der bekannten Bollenhuttracht vor dem Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach"
    Gutach: "Trachtenträger der bekannten Bollenhuttracht vor dem Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach" ©Schwarzwaelder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, Gutach
  • Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Carl Schurz
    Carl Schurz ©US Department of Interior
  • Historic advertisement to emigrate in Local Newspaper "Trompeter of Saeckingen", year 1866
    Historic advertisement to emigrate in Local Newspaper "Trompeter of Saeckingen", year 1866 ©Stadtarchiv Bad Saeckingen (Marco Schwarz)
  • Ernst Lubitsch
    Ernst Lubitsch ©Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin (A. Binder)
  • Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921
    Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921 ©George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C.
  • Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum
    Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum ©Zeppelin Museum
  • ADIDAS
    ADIDAS ©LatinContent/Getty Images (Buda Mendes)
  • Gustav Körner (1809-1869)
    Gustav Körner (1809-1869) ©Evarts B. Green: Letters to Gustav Koerner, 1837-1863
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • John Jacob Bausch
    John Jacob Bausch ©Bausch and Lomb
  • Anheuser-Busch Sign
    Anheuser-Busch Sign ©Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Wernher Freiherr von Braun
    Wernher Freiherr von Braun ©Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrarchiv

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.