• Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt
    Hamburg, emigrant world Ballinstadt ©Ballinstadt
  • Deutsche Post AG, Bonn
    Deutsche Post AG, Bonn ©Murphy/Jahn Architects (Andreas Keller)
  • Children cycling
    Children cycling ©DZT (Norbert Krueger)
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
    J. Robert Oppenheimer ©United States Department of Energy
  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument
    Detail of sculpture at the Dachau International Monument ©Stadt Dachau, Amt für Kultur, Fremdenverkehr & Zeitgeschichte
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Norbert Bisky
    Norbert Bisky ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber
    Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber ©Kurt Weill Center, Berlin (Thomas Ruttke)
  • Heinrich -Schliemann-Museum in Ankershagen
    Heinrich -Schliemann-Museum in Ankershagen ©Christof Bobzin
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Joseph Beuys
    Joseph Beuys ©Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach ©Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
  • Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame"
    Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame" ©Fernwehpark (Klaus Beer, Terra Film)
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Helmut Newton
    Helmut Newton ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Eisenach: Luther-House
    Eisenach: Luther-House ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)

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.