• Landau City Hall
    Landau City Hall ©Stadt Landau
  • Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall
    Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber
    Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber ©Kurt Weill Center, Berlin (Thomas Ruttke)
  • Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau
    Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig ©National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Berlitz School founded by Maximilian Berlitz
    Berlitz School founded by Maximilian Berlitz ©Berlitz Deutschland GmbH
  • Historisch Technisches Museum Peenemuende
    Historisch Technisches Museum Peenemuende ©HTM Peenemuende
  • Einbeck, market place with Pharmacy
    Einbeck, market place with Pharmacy ©Tourist-Information Einbeck
  • Spree forest
    Spree forest ©DZT (Hiltrud Haep)
  • Emile Berliner
    Emile Berliner ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection
  • Ernst Lubitsch
    Ernst Lubitsch ©Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin (A. Binder)
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church
    Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church ©Torgau Informations-Center
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • River Juemme near Nortmoor
    River Juemme near Nortmoor ©Touristik GmbH Suedliches Ostfriesland
  • Karl Benz
    Karl Benz
  • George Drumm
    George Drumm ©Ortsgemeinde Essweiler
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • William Edward Boeing
    William Edward Boeing ©Wikipedia (Los Angeles Times)
  • Francis Daniel Pastorius
    Francis Daniel Pastorius ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

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.