• Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel
    Erster Aufstieg von LZ-1 Friedrichshafen Manzel ©Archiv der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH Friedrichshafen
  • Happy Cherries
    Happy Cherries ©HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG
  • Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim
    Ein Fluegel des Sprudelhofes in Bad Nauheim ©Frank Witthaus
  • Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923)
    Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923) ©Deutsches Roentgen-Museum
  • Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926
    Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926 ©Deutsches Museum/Nessler Archive
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder ©Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
  • Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case
    Faber-Castell Anniversary wooden case ©Faber-Castell AG
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Adolphus Busch
    Adolphus Busch ©Library of Congress
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst ©Städtische Museen Freiburg im Breisgau
  • John Jacob Astor
    John Jacob Astor
  • Easter decorations
    Easter decorations ©DZT (Eric Eichberger)
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Honus Wagner, 1904
    Honus Wagner, 1904
  • Andreas Gursky
    Andreas Gursky ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Gutach: "Trachtenträger der bekannten Bollenhuttracht vor dem Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach"
    Gutach: "Trachtenträger der bekannten Bollenhuttracht vor dem Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach" ©Schwarzwaelder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, Gutach

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.