• Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock
    Ulm: town hall and astronomical clock ©Verkehrsamt Ulm
  • Spree forest
    Spree forest ©DZT (Hiltrud Haep)
  • Frederick Weyerhäuser
    Frederick Weyerhäuser ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection (Bain News Service)
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst
    Freiburg/Breisgau: Museum für Neue Kunst ©Städtische Museen Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Deutsche Post AG, Bonn
    Deutsche Post AG, Bonn ©Murphy/Jahn Architects (Andreas Keller)
  • Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water
    Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water ©Wikinger Museum Haithabu
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • Lake Starnberger See
    Lake Starnberger See ©DZT (Doris Klees-Jorde)
  • Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau
    Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government
  • Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer
  • Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923)
    Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845--1923) ©Deutsches Roentgen-Museum
  • John Jacob Astor
    John Jacob Astor
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler
    Ottmar Mergenthaler ©Ottmar Mergenthaler Museum
  • Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher
  • Adolph Cluss 1900
    Adolph Cluss 1900 ©Stadtarchiv Heilbronn; courtesy of Rudolf de Millas und Erika Spiegel
  • ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer
    ''Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher'' by Dürer ©mhk, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
  • Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen
    Kreidefelsen auf Ruegen ©Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten / Winterthur

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.