• Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber
    Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber ©Kurt Weill Center, Berlin (Thomas Ruttke)
  • Bacharach at the river Rhine
    Bacharach at the river Rhine ©DZT (Kirsch Fotostudio)
  • The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot
    The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot ©PUMA
  • Adolphus Busch
    Adolphus Busch ©Library of Congress
  • Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler
  • Hans Zimmer
    Hans Zimmer ©Getty Images for Hollywood Awards (Jason Merritt)
  • Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs"
    Riedesel's family around Christmas tree at the "Maison des Gouverneurs" ©Courtesy of Corporation soreloise du patrimoine régional (CSPR)
  • BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage
    BAUHAUS Dessau - UNESCO World Heritage ©Stadt Dessau, Amt fuer Kultur, Tourismus und Sport (Helbig/Stadtarchiv Dessau)
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
    Georg Friedrich Händel ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)
  • Berta Hummel, self portrait
    Berta Hummel, self portrait ©Alfred Hummel
  • James Last
    James Last ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Kay Nietfeld)
  • Wilhelm Loehe
    Wilhelm Loehe ©Dietzfelbinger, Hermann: Die Diakonissenanstalt Neuendettelsau
  • Frankfurt, at the River Main: Flößer bridge and Skyline
    Frankfurt, at the River Main: Flößer bridge and Skyline ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim (M. Aust)
  • Erich Kästner
    Erich Kästner ©Wikipedia (Erich Kästner)
  • Nena concert, Munich 2005
    Nena concert, Munich 2005 ©nenafan.de (Mario Kuehn)
  • Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld
    Art Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld ©Krefeld Marketing and City Development
  • Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum
    Friedrichshafen: Zeppelin Museum ©Zeppelin Museum
  • Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light
    Heidelberg: old Neckar bridge in evening light ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • Albert Bierstadt
    Albert Bierstadt ©Napoleon Sarony

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.