Judy Nimer Muhn

Lineage Journeys Helps You to Find Your Way - Coaching and Research
Lineage Journeys
Milford, Michigan
United States

  • Family History Research
  • Speaking / Presenting
  • Writing /Publishing

  • Document Retrieval / Record Agent
  • Ethnicity / Religion
  • Family History Research
  • Tutor / Coach

  • Family History Research
  • Methodology & Resources
  • Available for in-person events
  • Available for virtual events

  • Author/Writer
  • Editor
  • Tutor / Coach

  • Document Translation
  • Handwriting / Palaeography
Find Your Way to your ancestral information with help from Judy and Lineage Journeys!  We offer genealogical coaching (where you do most of the work, but we help to guide you) and professional research that we undertake for hourly fees.  Because of the heritages and locations we've researched, we've made contacts around the world, archives and respositories that have materials that are key, and our own collection of books about these population/ethnic groups.  AND personal experiences, travel and photographs that might assist you. 

We specialize in Acadian, French-Canadian, Scottish, and Native/First Nations lineages, and Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec and Michigan resources.  Judy's heritage comes from First Nations/Indigenous peoples from early New France/Canada and South Dakota; Acadian families from New France/Nova Scotia into Québec then to Michigan with other French-Canadian families in Québec then later into Michigan; Scottish from Michigan back to Ontario back to Argyl, Scotland; and three generations in Michigan.  Research experience also includes United Empire Loyalists, colonial United States and Canada collections and history, Filles du Roi and Filles á Marier, the Carignan-Saliere Regiments, and the relationships between the French and Indigenous peoples.

Your family history CAN be found!  Lineage Journeys can help you through coaching to do the research and discoveries yourself, guiding you to the next steps to take to build the stories of your ancestors.  And, of course you may be busy, so we will negotiate researching for you and presenting the information to you to help you understand what your ancestors experienced and how they moved through time.

Michigan; Oakland County, Gratiot County, Huron County, Wayne County, Houghton County, Marquette County
Ontario:  Middlesex County, Lennox and Addington
Quebec: Maskinonge, Louiseville, Sorel, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City
Nova Scotia
Scotland:  Argyllshire

Detroit Society for Genealogical Research; Oakland County Genealogical Society; French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, National Genealogical Society Magazine, Family Tree Magazine; Clan Elliot Newsletter; webinars with RootsTech and GenealogyTV and Genealogy Gems/Family Tree Magazine.

National Genealogy Society conferences in Denver, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Sacramento and virtual (2021), Sacramento and Richmond; NW Genealogy Conference in Seattle (area), Washington; RootsTech and RootsTech Connect (multiple years); Federation of Genealogical Societies; Virtual Genealogical Association; locations throughout Michigan, and virtually around the USA, Canada, Europe and Scotland.

Presentation Topic Titles
(Additional topics can also be developed as needed)
The Argyll Papers:  The Archival Collections of the Inverary Castle at Cherry Park 
Ancestry.com – Effectively Using It
Ancestry – Library Edition vs. Ancestry:  Tips & Tricks for Using the Library Edition 
Beginning Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy
Beginning Genealogy:  Effective Strategies & Tools
Beginners, Don’t Lose Your Senses/Census
DNA: How, Where and Why Should I Test? 
Genealogy and DNA 
Finding Your Roots in the Digital Age
French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogy
French-Canadian Migrations Out of Quebec:  Francophones in North America
Researching in Canada:  Your Maple Leaf Connection! 
Library Research: Finding Paper Trails Others Created 
Native American, First Nations, Indian: Researching Indigenous Peoples
Networking Online, in Societies and Newsletters
No Dead Ends:  Finding Your Way Through Family Roadblocks
On The Road Again:  Traveling the World Doing Genealogy Research
Seeking A Higher Source:  The Resources of Faith Communities
Researching in Ontario:  Your Trillium Connection!  you!
Social Media & Connecting Researchers 
The Big Five: Researching the Five Largest Tribes in the US
What’s in a Name?  Clues to Ethnicity and Alternative Spellings - Surname Variations and How to Use Them
When History and DNA Don’t Match:  Am I Native American? 
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way 
You CAN Take It With You!  Mobile Technology for Genealogy
Nonprofit Management:  The Four Buckets of Nonprofit Governance 
Volunteer Motivations:  Getting & Keeping Volunteers 

Oakland County Courthouse, Detroit Public Library - Burton Collection, State of Michigan, Library of Michigan, Archives of Michigan, Allen County Public Library, UM-Clements Library, University of Michigan, Wayne State, Oakland University and Michigan State University libraries, Livingston County Courthouse.

  • 19th Century
  • 18th Century
  • 17th Century

English, French, German, Lakota

Award of Merit, Federation of Genealogical Societies, 2018; Certificate of Appreciation, Federation of Genealogical Societies, 2019; Certificate of Appreciation, Oakland County Genealogical Society, 2017

NGS "American Genealogy" Home Study Course (2007) and "Empowering Genealogists With AI"(2023); ProGen 34; SLIG - Native American Research (2017) and DNA Dreamers: Writing DNA Proof Arguments (2023) ; GRIP - Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation (2018) and Genealogy Organization (2024)

National Genealogical Society Board of Directors and Awards Chair: Oakland County Genealogical Society - President; Michigan Genealogical Council - President, Delegate, Social Media; French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan (delegate to MGC and NGS); Detroit Society for Genealogical Research; Gratiot County Genealogical Society; Elliot Clan Society of the USA; Clan Campbell Society of North America; MacCallum Malcolm; St. Andrews Society of Detroit; Quebec Family History Society; Ontario Genealogical Society - London & Middlesex Chapter; FSA Scot

B.S. (Medical Technology), Michigan State University; M.A. (HR/Human Services & Training), Boston University;  Ed.M. (Marriage, Family, Child Psychology), University of San Francisco; Ph.D.(hon), Reverend (Unity Church)