• Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • David Garrett
    David Garrett ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Gero Breloer)
  • The "Pingelhus" in Aurich
    The "Pingelhus" in Aurich ©Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
  • David Rittenhouse
    David Rittenhouse ©New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, Print and Photographs Division
  • Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993
    Cuxhaven_Hapag-Halle 1993 ©Horst Koperschmidt
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Max Beckmann
    Max Beckmann ©Collection Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Hans F. Zimmer, Composer
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Armin Mueller-Stahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Child praying at Franz Xaver Seelos Sanctuary in St. Mang
    Child praying at Franz Xaver Seelos Sanctuary in St. Mang ©Kirche der acht Seligkeiten, Fuessen (Alfred Vogler)
  • Rudolf Diesel
    Rudolf Diesel
  • View on Lunden with tower of Church St. Laurentius
    View on Lunden with tower of Church St. Laurentius ©WikiTour 2005
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • 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)
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • 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)

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.