• Bernd Eichinger
    Bernd Eichinger ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald
    Commemorating and warning in Huertgenwald ©Robert Hellwig
  • Landau City Hall
    Landau City Hall ©Stadt Landau
  • Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer
    Painting of Arthur Schopenhauer ©Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt a.M./Archivzentrum/Schopenhauer-Archiv
  • Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules
    Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • Werner Klemperer
    Werner Klemperer ©Wikipedia (Steve Garfield)
  • Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim
    Carl Laemmle room in the Museum Laupheim ©Museum zur Geschichte von Christen und Juden, Laupheim
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Ornamented Glass Plate in Passau
    Ornamented Glass Plate in Passau ©eorg Hoeltl GmbH Tittling, Glasmuseum Passau
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria
    Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria ©DZT (Doris Klees-Jorde)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D. Eisenhower ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (Fabian Bachrach)
  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski ©The Huntington Library (Eckarth Palutke)
  • 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
  • Johannes Brahms
    Johannes Brahms
  • Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau
    Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Gustav Körner (1809-1869)
    Gustav Körner (1809-1869) ©Evarts B. Green: Letters to Gustav Koerner, 1837-1863
  • Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust
    Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust ©Reinhard Labahn

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.