• Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum
    Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum ©Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Anselm Kiefer
    Anselm Kiefer ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band
    Henry Berger and the Royal Hawaiian Band ©Hawaii State Archives
  • Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921
    Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921 ©George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C.
  • Emile Berliner
    Emile Berliner ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau
    Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Magdeburg at night
    Magdeburg at night ©IMG Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (Michael Bader)
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum Buttenheim (T. Roppelt)
  • Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer
    Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer ©Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt a.M./Archivzentrum/Schopenhauer-Archiv
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • Brothers Grimm
    Brothers Grimm ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst ©Städtische Museen Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Günter Grass
    Günter Grass ©Florian K.
  • Francis Daniel Pastorius
    Francis Daniel Pastorius ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach ©Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther
    Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther ©Thorsten Schlese
  • Heppenheim: Market Place
    Heppenheim: Market Place ©Magistrat der Kreisstadt Heppenheim
  • 100th birthday of Egon Eiermann
    100th birthday of Egon Eiermann ©Deutsche Post AG

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.