• The "Pingelhus" in Aurich
    The "Pingelhus" in Aurich ©Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
  • Rudolf Diesel
    Rudolf Diesel
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • 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
  • Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany
    Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany ©Alfred Hummel, Berta-Hummel-Museum im Hummelhaus (Alfred Hummel)
  • Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim
    Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall
    Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman
    First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman ©National Archives, Harry S. Truman Library
  • Paul Wolfowitz, Gen. Colin Powell, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
    Paul Wolfowitz, Gen. Colin Powell, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. ©U.S. Federal Government
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • Emanuel Leutze
    Emanuel Leutze ©Wikipedia (John D. Shiff)
  • Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter
    Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night
    Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • Kurt Weill
    Kurt Weill ©Courtesy Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York
  • Anselm Kiefer
    Anselm Kiefer ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen
    Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen ©Axel Brinkmann
  • Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Dr. Guenter Blobel
    Dr. Guenter Blobel ©National Institutes of Health (NIH), agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

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.