• Bertolt Brecht
    Bertolt Brecht ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Monreal near Mayen
    Monreal near Mayen ©DZT (Fritz Mader)
  • Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther
    Die Bibelübersetzung von Martin Luther ©Thorsten Schlese
  • Günter Grass
    Günter Grass ©Florian K.
  • Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water
    Viking Museum Haithabu, view from water ©Wikinger Museum Haithabu
  • Joseph Beuys
    Joseph Beuys ©Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
  • Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Horst Stormer, 2007
    Horst Stormer, 2007 ©Horst Stormer
  • Berta Hummel, self portrait
    Berta Hummel, self portrait ©Alfred Hummel
  • The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower
    The Ducal Palace, Renaissance Tower ©Stadtmarketing Wolfenbüttel GmbH & Co. KG
  • Easter decorations
    Easter decorations ©DZT (Eric Eichberger)
  • Francis Daniel Pastorius
    Francis Daniel Pastorius ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection
  • Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921
    Babe Ruth, New York AL (baseball), 1921 ©George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C.
  • James Last
    James Last ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Kay Nietfeld)
  • Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum
    Leutershausen: Whitehead Museum ©Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • 1935, Ferdinand Porsche
    1935, Ferdinand Porsche ©Historisches Archiv, Dr. Ing, h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
  • Child praying at Franz Xaver Seelos Sanctuary in St. Mang
    Child praying at Franz Xaver Seelos Sanctuary in St. Mang ©Kirche der acht Seligkeiten, Fuessen (Alfred Vogler)
  • Georg Baselitz
    Georg Baselitz ©Wikipedia (Lothar Wolleh)
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
  • Johannes Brahms
    Johannes Brahms

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.