• Carl Laemmle
    Carl Laemmle ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach ©Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
  • Max Beckmann
    Max Beckmann ©Collection Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • 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
  • Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926
    Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926 ©Deutsches Museum/Nessler Archive
  • Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig ©National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski ©The Huntington Library (Eckarth Palutke)
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter
    Cologne/Rhine: Ludwig Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • River Juemme near Nortmoor
    River Juemme near Nortmoor ©Touristik GmbH Suedliches Ostfriesland
  • Gerald & Felix M. Warburg with Mrs. Mauric Loeb
    Gerald & Felix M. Warburg with Mrs. Mauric Loeb ©George Grantham Bain Collection; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Bain News Service)
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype
    Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype ©Ottmar Mergenthaler Museum
  • Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993
    Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993 ©Horst Koperschmidt
  • George Drumm
    George Drumm ©Ortsgemeinde Essweiler
  • Bruno Walter
    Bruno Walter ©George Grantham Bain Collection; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Bain News Service)
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church
    Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church ©Torgau Informations-Center
  • Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852) in the year 1879
    Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel (1782-1852) in the year 1879 ©Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
  • Adolph Cluss 1900
    Adolph Cluss 1900 ©Stadtarchiv Heilbronn; courtesy of Rudolf de Millas und Erika Spiegel

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.