• 1935, Ferdinand Porsche
    1935, Ferdinand Porsche ©Historisches Archiv, Dr. Ing, h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
  • Dresden: Zwinger palace
    Dresden: Zwinger palace ©DZT (Astrid Schwarz)
  • 100th birthday of Egon Eiermann
    100th birthday of Egon Eiermann ©Deutsche Post AG
  • Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany
    Hummel Museum in Massing, Germany ©Alfred Hummel, Berta-Hummel-Museum im Hummelhaus (Alfred Hummel)
  • Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
    Marcus Goldman (1821-1904)
  • Grace Kelly, Actress
  • Emanuel Leutze
    Emanuel Leutze ©Wikipedia (John D. Shiff)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Johann Sebastian Bach ©Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
  • Otterberg: Blue timbered house
    Otterberg: Blue timbered house ©Tourist Information Otterberg
  • 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.
  • Lichtenberg: Castle in forest
    Lichtenberg: Castle in forest ©Stefan Weinrich, Hof Saale
  • Max Ernst
    Max Ernst ©Max Ernst Museum
  • Landau City Hall
    Landau City Hall ©Stadt Landau
  • Albert Bierstadt
    Albert Bierstadt ©Napoleon Sarony
  • Bernd Eichinger
    Bernd Eichinger ©picture alliance/dpa
  • Adolph Cluss 1900
    Adolph Cluss 1900 ©Stadtarchiv Heilbronn; courtesy of Rudolf de Millas und Erika Spiegel
  • Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber
    Das Ensemble Modern mit HK Gruber ©Kurt Weill Center, Berlin (Thomas Ruttke)
  • Katherine Heigl
    Katherine Heigl ©Wikipedia (Tom Sorensen)
  • David Garrett
    David Garrett ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Gero Breloer)
  • David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff ©Picture Alliance/dpa (Revierfoto)

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.