• Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
  • Muehlhausen, town wall
    Muehlhausen, town wall ©Wirtschaftsbetriebe Muehlhausen GmbH (Tino Sieland)
  • Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall
    Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Children cycling
    Children cycling ©DZT (Norbert Krueger)
  • ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer
    ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer ©mhk, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
  • Immanuel Kant
    Immanuel Kant
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Speyer at the river Rhine: view over the town to the cathedral
    Speyer at the river Rhine: view over the town to the cathedral ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen
    Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen ©Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten / Winterthur
  • 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
  • Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night
    Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower
    The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower ©Stadtmarketing Wolfenbüttel GmbH & Co. KG
  • Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926
    Nessler with "Miss America" of 1926 ©Deutsches Museum/Nessler Archive
  • Happy Cherries
    Happy Cherries ©HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG
  • Neo Rauch
    Neo Rauch ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Frederick Weyerhäuser
    Frederick Weyerhäuser ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)

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.