• Deutsches Museum, exhibition
    Deutsches Museum, exhibition ©Deutsches Museum
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry Kissinger ©United States Federal Government
  • Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau
    Bavarian Forest: farm museum Finsterau ©DZT (Grundhard Marth)
  • Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace
    Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Erich Kästner
    Erich Kästner ©Wikipedia (Erich Kästner)
  • Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker
    Birthhouse of Friedrich Hecker ©Gemeinde Angelbachtal (Werner Hausser)
  • Norbert Bisky
    Norbert Bisky ©picture alliance/dpa
  • US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base
    US Air Force cargo aircraft assigned to Ramstein Air Base ©USAF (David D. Underwood Jr)
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Magdeburg at night
    Magdeburg at night ©IMG Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (Michael Bader)
  • Monschau market
    Monschau market ©Monschau Touristik GmbH
  • Heidelberg/Neckar castle
    Heidelberg/Neckar castle ©DZT (Andrew Cowin)
  • 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)
  • Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust
    Glaisin: Castle Ludwigslust ©Reinhard Labahn
  • Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation
    Otto Lilienthal Museum, museum installation ©Otto Lilienthal Museum
  • Friedrich Hegel
    Friedrich Hegel ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Sophus Williams)
  • Landau City Hall
    Landau City Hall ©Stadt Landau
  • Doris Day
    Doris Day ©Wikipedia (Universal Pictures)
  • Max Schmeling
    Max Schmeling ©New York World-Telegram and the Sun Collection, Library of Congress

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.