• Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ©Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurter Goethe Museum
  • River Juemme near Nortmoor
    River Juemme near Nortmoor ©Touristik GmbH Suedliches Ostfriesland
  • Erich Kästner
    Erich Kästner ©Wikipedia (Erich Kästner)
  • Deutsches Museum, exhibition
    Deutsches Museum, exhibition ©Deutsches Museum
  • Pfalzgalerie
    Pfalzgalerie ©Kaiserslautern, Stadtverwaltung
  • Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany
    Astorhouse in Walldorf, Baden, Germany ©Wikipedia
  • Constantin Hering at his work space
    Constantin Hering at his work space ©Deutsche Homoeopathie-Union
  • Bertolt Brecht
    Bertolt Brecht ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall
    Düsseldorf: Funkemarie in fron of the Town Hall ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman
    First Meeting of Soviet Leader Josef stalin and President Harry S. Truman ©National Archives, Harry S. Truman Library
  • Mainz
    Mainz ©DZT (Kiedrowski, Rainer)
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • 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)
  • BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage
    BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage ©Stadt Dessau, Amt fuer Kultur, Tourismus und Sport (Helbig/Stadtarchiv Dessau)
  • Pope in Papa-mobil
    Pope in Papa-mobil ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing
  • Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer
  • Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall
    Heilbronn: ornamental clock on the town hall ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Berlin, picture gallery at the former Checkpoint Charlie border
    Berlin, picture gallery at the former Checkpoint Charlie border ©DZT (Hans-Peter Merten)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst ©Städtische Museen Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government

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.