• Sommerhausen: Pastorius-House
    Sommerhausen: Pastorius-House ©Verkehrsverein Sommerhausen (D. Jaenicke)
  • Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum
    Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum ©DZT (Torsten Krüger)
  • Husum: harbor
    Husum: harbor ©Toruismus und Stadtmarketing Husum (Oliver Franke)
  • Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
  • William Edward Boeing
    William Edward Boeing ©Wikipedia (Los Angeles Times)
  • Gerhard Richter
    Gerhard Richter ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer
    Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer ©Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt a.M./Archivzentrum/Schopenhauer-Archiv
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Bertolt Brecht
    Bertolt Brecht ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • Werner Klemperer
    Werner Klemperer ©Wikipedia (Steve Garfield)
  • 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
  • Sebastian Vollmer
    Sebastian Vollmer ©Lucasfritas
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D. Eisenhower ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (Fabian Bachrach)
  • Adolphus Busch
    Adolphus Busch ©Library of Congress
  • Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany
    Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany ©Alfred Hummel, Berta-Hummel-Museum im Hummelhaus (Alfred Hummel)

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.