• John Jacob Astor
    John Jacob Astor
  • Éxhibition dedicated to German expressionist painter Emil Nolde
    Éxhibition dedicated to German expressionist painter Emil Nolde ©Wikipedia (Emil Nolde)
  • Berlitz School founded by Maximilian Berlitz
    Berlitz School founded by Maximilian Berlitz ©Berlitz Deutschland GmbH
  • Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria
    Watzmann/Berchtesgaden/Upper Bavaria ©DZT (Doris Klees-Jorde)
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Armin Mueller-Stahl ©picture alliance/dpa
  • John August Roebling
    John August Roebling ©Stadtverwaltung Muehlhausen/Thueringen (Angelika Bergmann)
  • Karl Benz
    Karl Benz
  • Gustav Alvin Whitehead
    Gustav Alvin Whitehead ©Copyrhight by Flughistorische Forschungsgemeinschaft Gustav Weisskopf, Leutershausen
  • Herbert Marcuse
    Herbert Marcuse ©Collection Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Til Schweiger
    Til Schweiger ©Wikipedia (Thomas Schmidt)
  • Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening
    Trier: Porta Nigra, in the evening ©DZT (Rainer Kiedrowski)
  • The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot
    The historical PUMA 'ATOM' soccer boot ©PUMA
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ©Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurter Goethe Museum
  • Markus Lüpertz
    Markus Lüpertz ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church
    Torgau/Elbe: castle and St. Mary's town church ©Torgau Informations-Center
  • Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace
    Wiesbaden: Café at the Biebrich Palace ©DZT (Jochen Keute)
  • Husum: harbor
    Husum: harbor ©Toruismus und Stadtmarketing Husum (Oliver Franke)
  • Marco Sturm
    Marco Sturm ©picture alliance/dpa (Daniel Karmann)
  • Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night
    Maximilian Street of Augsburg at night ©Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH

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.