• Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Adolphus Busch
    Adolphus Busch ©Library of Congress
  • Adolph Cluss 1900
    Adolph Cluss 1900 ©Stadtarchiv Heilbronn; courtesy of Rudolf de Millas und Erika Spiegel
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
  • John August Roebling
    John August Roebling ©Stadtverwaltung Muehlhausen/Thueringen (Angelika Bergmann)
  • Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld
    Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld ©Krefeld Marketing and City Development
  • Nena concert, Munich 2005
    Nena concert, Munich 2005 ©nenafan.de (Mario Kuehn)
  • Break with Eulitz, Agnes Lilienthal and the 2 sons Otto and Fritz
    Break with Eulitz, Agnes Lilienthal and the 2 sons Otto and Fritz ©Otto Lilienthal Museum (Carl Krassner)
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany
    Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany ©Wikipedia
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band
    Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band ©Hawaii State Archives
  • Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church
    Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church ©Torgau Informations-Center
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926
    Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926 ©Deutsches Museum/Nessler Archive
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government
  • 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
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Emile Berliner
    Emile Berliner ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Armin Mueller-Stahl ©picture alliance/dpa

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.