• Friedrich Schiller
    Friedrich Schiller
  • 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)
  • Werner Klemperer
    Werner Klemperer ©Wikipedia (Steve Garfield)
  • Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen
    Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen ©Axel Brinkmann
  • Einbeck, market place with Pharmacy
    Einbeck, market place with Pharmacy ©Tourist-Information Einbeck
  • Albert Bierstadt
    Albert Bierstadt ©Napoleon Sarony
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • Historisch Technisches Museum Peenemuende
    Historisch Technisches Museum Peenemuende ©HTM Peenemuende
  • Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum
    Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum ©DZT (Torsten Krüger)
  • Happy Cherries
    Happy Cherries ©HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)
  • Heinrich -Schliemann-Museum in Ankershagen
    Heinrich -Schliemann-Museum in Ankershagen ©Christof Bobzin
  • Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig ©National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald
    Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald ©Robert Hellwig
  • Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum
    Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum ©Zeppelin Museum
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld
    Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld ©Krefeld Marketing and City Development
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • 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.