Unzipping the Jean Roots

Gean, Geen, Gheen, Jean, Jeane, Jane, Jayne (e, es, s) Families

The Jean Family Puzzle

The Jean family has become an obsession for many of us. Our goal is to gather the information which can be proven in hopes of untangling the different families and correctly placing them on their appropriate trees.

Below you will find links to the known lines we are tracing:

Additionally, the following three lines are known to descend genetically from the same individual, but to date we have no common ancestor for them.


We are glad you found the Gean-ealogy Family Tree site! Many hours of work have been put into the research and documentation of these ancestors. We hope you will benefit from the information presented here. We are not professional genealogists, so please use this as a starting point. If you have information that needs to be corrected or you would like to add, please let us know. Additionally, please let us know if you have any questions.

Genealogy begins as an interest…

Becomes a hobby…

Continues as an avocation…

Takes over as an obsession…

And in its last stages…

Is an incurable disease.

—Author Unknown

Jean Family DNA Project

Through Y-chromosome DNA testing we now know there are at least six line of "Jean" families who were in the US prior to 1800. We have learned the name has changed more than we initially thought over the years. The name has changed from one generation to the next, and sometimes during the same generation. To date we have found the name as Gains, Gean, Geanes, Geans, Geen, Geenes, Geens, Jains, Jane, Janes, Jayne, Jaynes, Jean, Jeanes, and Jeans. At least one Geen/Gheen line became Jean, so we have added the surname Gheen to our Gean~ealogy Family Research. Plus, we now know of at least one Jean family who changed the surname to James.

The newest DNA testing, which can be done by females and males is also yielding new information to us about the Jean families.

For more information see the dna page or contact us.