We have four near perfect matches to our participant in the Main family DNA study. You may click here:  Main DNA Study to see the results. When you get to the site, scroll down to see the four names under the light blue banner, subtitled "7 German" IM223 group.

One of the matching participants is a descendant of Georg Mehn. Georg and his family resided in Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland. To learn more about this family, click Georg Mehn.

We were recently contacted by a descendant of Mary Susan (Main) & William Wiley. His DNA test is a 90% match to our Main family. He feels confident that Mary Susan Main is indeed the daughter of our Philip, as well as the wife of William Wiley, from whom he descends. I have not seen his test markers.


We are looking for men with the last name 'Main' or a variation of 'Main' to participate in a Surname DNA study. We are very interested in known descendents of Philip Main. This study is for all names which are, or might be, variants of, or are similar to MAIN: MANE, MAYNE, MAINE, MAINS, MAINES, MEANS, MEHN and others.

A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, this test is for males taking a Y-DNA test. Females do not carry their father's Y-DNA and acquire a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his direct paternal line (father's father's father's) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA59 marker test.  Please go to   Main DNA Study  to learn more.

In doing genealogy, there appears to be at least two lines of Main. In researching our own Philip Main, we have not found any record of his parents, or from what country his ancestors came. The descendents of Ezekiel Maine have done extensive research and have not found a link to our line. All evidence to this point would suggest that we are completely unrelated to Ezekiel's line.

This is not something that is necessary to prove who we are, but since there are at least two different lines of Main family out there, it might be nice to know if we descend from the same ancestor. So, you men who have one of the last names listed above, or a variation of said names, please think about being tested. The test is very simple, just a matter of swabbing inside your cheeks, and the test kit will be mailed to you.
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EMAIL: janice@main-family.com

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