• David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)
  • Wernher Freiherr von Braun
    Wernher Freiherr von Braun ©Deutsches Museum, Luftfahrarchiv
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype
    Ottmar Mergenthaler's Linotype ©Ottmar Mergenthaler Museum
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler
    Ottmar Mergenthaler ©Ottmar Mergenthaler Museum
  • German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
    German Emigration Center Bremerhaven ©Deutsches Auswandererhaus/German Emigration Center
  • Andernach
    Andernach ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Photochrom Prints Collection
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ©Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurter Goethe Museum
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Werner Klemperer
    Werner Klemperer ©Wikipedia (Steve Garfield)
  • Wilhelm Loehe
    Wilhelm Loehe ©Dietzfelbinger, Hermann: Die Diakonissenanstalt Neuendettelsau
  • Gustav Körner (1809-1869)
    Gustav Körner (1809-1869) ©Evarts B. Green: Letters to Gustav Koerner, 1837-1863
  • Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig ©National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790
    Kleinlosnitz: Dietelhof of 1790 ©Archiv Oberfraenkisches Bauernhofmuseum Kleinlosnitz (Bertram Popp)
  • Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame"
    Fernweh-Park Deutschland "Signs of Fame" ©Fernwehpark (Klaus Beer, Terra Film)
  • Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum
    Mühlheim/Ruhr: Alte Post art museum ©DZT (Torsten Krüger)
  • Castle Sigmaringen
    Castle Sigmaringen ©DZT (Andreas Kaster)
  • Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules
    Kassel: Castle Wilhelmshoehe and Herkules ©Kassel Tourist GmbH
  • Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen
    Hochburg Castle near Emmendingen ©Axel Brinkmann
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Engelbert Humperdinck ©What We Hear in Music, Anne S. Faulkner

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.