• Plymouth Rock Landing
    Plymouth Rock Landing ©The Granger Collection
  • Pennsylvania Costumes and handicrafts
    Pennsylvania Costumes and handicrafts ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • Illuminated birth certificate 1807
    Illuminated birth certificate 1807 ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • Sketch of the Jamestown fort
    Sketch of the Jamestown fort
  • Blowing glass at Jamestown
    Blowing glass at Jamestown ©Sidney E. King
  • John Jacob Astor, 1909
    John Jacob Astor, 1909 ©George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • From the statistics of the population of the U.S. compiled from the returns of the Ninth Census, 1872.
    From the statistics of the population of the U.S. compiled from the returns of the Ninth Census, 1872. ©Perry-Castaneda Map Collection
  • Elvis, full length portrait, performing on stage
    Elvis, full length portrait, performing on stage ©Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, New York World Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Collection
  • Mennonite farmer going to town, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    Mennonite farmer going to town, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration Photographs Collection
  • Lilitz, Pennsylvania. Old Mennonite
    Lilitz, Pennsylvania. Old Mennonite ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration Photographs Collection
  • John D. Rockefeller, walking on street with John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
    John D. Rockefeller, walking on street with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • On July 5 the Declaration of Independence was announced in the Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote in German
    On July 5 the Declaration of Independence was announced in the Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote in German
  • Le Baron de Steuben, engraving after Chappel, 1857
    Le Baron de Steuben, engraving after Chappel, 1857 ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • The Taking of Yorktown.
    The Taking of Yorktown.
  • Row of identical houses off Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati
    Row of identical houses off Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration Photographs Collection
  • Carl Schurz
    Carl Schurz ©US Department of Interior
  • Levi Strauss Museum
    Levi Strauss Museum ©Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim (M. Aust)
  • Kindergarten in a vegetable garden, Washington, D. C.
    Kindergarten in a vegetable garden, Washington, D. C. ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Frances Benjamin Johnston school survey
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery
    Anheuser-Busch Brewery ©Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Pioneers 9th N.Y. German rifles 1861
    Pioneers 9th N.Y. German rifles 1861 ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Civil War Drawing Collection
  • Russian Immigrants
    Russian Immigrants ©Hapag Lloyd AG
  • Arriving at Ellis Island 1907
    Arriving at Ellis Island 1907 ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection
  • Crowd of emigrants
    Crowd of emigrants ©Hamburg Staatsarchiv
  • Bird's eye view of one of the new communities in Harmony
    Bird's eye view of one of the new communities in Harmony ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection
  • Riedesel's family around Christmas tree
    Riedesel's family around Christmas tree ©Courtesy of Corporation soreloise du patrimoine régional (CSPR)
  • Brooklyn Bridge
    Brooklyn Bridge ©Structurae (Haer, NY)
  • Lauer Meeting House, Amana, Iowa County, IA
    Lauer Meeting House, Amana, Iowa County, IA ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Image of interpreters dressed in traditional garb during Fredericksburg
    Image of interpreters dressed in traditional garb during Fredericksburg ©Jim Fox/Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Burueau
  • Thomas Nast, A Visit from St. Nicholas, 1869
    Thomas Nast, A Visit from St. Nicholas, 1869 ©Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society
  • Arrow Rock Lutheran Church
    Arrow Rock Lutheran Church ©Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey
  • National Museum Building Committee, 1880
    National Museum Building Committee, 1880 ©Smithsonian Archives, Smithsonian Institution
  • German Immigrants in Texas
    German Immigrants in Texas ©German Federal Archive
  • Lutherrose
    Lutherrose ©Daniel Csörföly
  • Ronald Reagan speaking in front of Berliner Mauer on June 12, 1987
    Ronald Reagan speaking in front of Berliner Mauer on June 12, 1987 ©Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • Poster No. 6, Steamship IMPERATOR
    Poster No. 6, Steamship IMPERATOR ©Helmut Cauer, Steinkirchen
  • Looking northeas from the World Building over the Lower East Side
    Looking northeas from the World Building over the Lower East Side ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • West Berlin, Germany
    West Berlin, Germany ©National Archives, Photographs of Marshall Plan activities (U.S. Agency for International Development)
  • Berlin Airlift Memorial
    Berlin Airlift Memorial ©Ingrid Strauch
  • Miss German America, first Steuben Parade
    Miss German America, first Steuben Parade ©German-American Steuben Parade
  • Francis Daniel Pastorius
    Francis Daniel Pastorius ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection
  • Old-Germantown
    Old-Germantown
  • President John F. Kennedy 1962
    President John F. Kennedy 1962 ©Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Prince Henry of Prussia
    Prince Henry of Prussia ©Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, George Grantham Bain Collection
  • Woodrow Wilson and the American peace commissioners in Versailles
    Woodrow Wilson and the American peace commissioners in Versailles
  • German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
    German Emigration Center Bremerhaven ©German Emigration Center Bremerhaven (Werner Huthmacher)
  • Exhibition 'Living Pictures' at Ballinstadt Hamburg
    Exhibition 'Living Pictures' at Ballinstadt Hamburg ©Ballinstadt
  • Descendants of German emigrants in the U.S. in 2000
    Descendants of German emigrants in the U.S. in 2000 ©German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
  • Steubenparade, New York City 2006
    Steubenparade, New York City 2006 ©German-American Steuben Parade

Timeline of Emigration – Uncover the history of your ancestors!

Travel back in time and reveal the most momentous points in German-American history in the past 400 years. From the first German to discover the New World of North America, to the vast immigration waves, the famous Mayflower, Germantown in Philadelphia, the birth hour of Santa Claus, the history of Steuben – these and many more stories await you.

1600
From the Glassmakers to Franz D. Pastorius

1700
In Search of a Better Life

1800
The Forty-Eighters Head West

1900
The Turn of the Century and Beyond

Present Day
You, too, might have German in your genes!