• Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house
    Island of Föhr/North Sea: Frisian house ©DZT (Krüger, Norbert)
  • Gustav Körner (1809-1869)
    Gustav Körner (1809-1869) ©Evarts B. Green: Letters to Gustav Koerner, 1837-1863
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace
    Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.)
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case
    Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case ©Faber-Castell AG
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
    J. Robert Oppenheimer ©United States Department of Energy
  • Children cycling
    Children cycling ©DZT (Norbert Krueger)
  • Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame"
    Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame" ©Fernwehpark (Klaus Beer, Terra Film)
  • Gustav Alvin Whitehead
    Gustav Alvin Whitehead ©Copyrhight by Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Max Ernst
    Max Ernst ©Max Ernst Museum
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Pope in Papa-mobil
    Pope in Papa-mobil ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder ©Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
  • Edenkoben surrounded by vine
    Edenkoben surrounded by vine ©Michael Schmitt, Suedliche Weinstrasse Edenkoben e.V. (J. Alter)
  • Karl May Library
    Karl May Library ©Karl-May-Museum Radebeul near Dresden

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.