Carolyn Dyess Bales, Freelancer

Carolyn Dyess Bales

Alexandria, Louisiana

Carolyn Dyess Bales, for over twenty years has done genealogy research specializing in Southeastern United States using libraries, courthouses, DNA, helping adoptees, etc to learn more about family histories. She holds a BS Degree in Education, a minor in history – English and Guidance and Counseling.

Each year she organizes at least one family reunion sometimes serving as president until the reunion can operate alone. She was on the planning committee for the Redbones of Louisiana Organization and is still very active in the organization – gathering information, building trees, and involved with the Redbone DNA projects.

Carolyn is administrator for four Y-DNA projects at Family Tree DNA -Dyess, Bonnette, McIlwain, and Rougeou. Also administrator for individual facebook family groups: Dyess, Bonnette, Smith/Maddox, Rougeou, Jenkins, Short/Akins, Bales and geographic locations: Historic Hineston and History of Bienville Parish Louisiana.

She runs two Guild One-Name-Studies: #5916 – Dyess and Bonnette. She serves as a Guild Regional Representative for the United States: Delta Region. She runs Dyess and Bonnette studies to the Surname Studies. For the One-Place-Society – she works her registered study for Hineston, Louisiana (a small Central Louisiana town where both her parents were born).

Carolyn is a member of several DNA and genealogy groups on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Carolyn has published one book called,China Grove Baptist Church, and is in the process of writing her second book.



  • Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in History, English and Guidance and Counseling
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  • National Genealogical Society (NGS)
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
  • Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS-CA)
  • New England Historical Society
  • Local and state genealogical / historical societies
  • Volunteer for WikiTree as a DNA Helper, and Adoption Angel
  • GenProof Study certification (Nov 2017)


  • More than 20 years experience searching in the United States. Location specialities include (but are not limited to):  Louisiana (particularly Rapides, LA ; Vernon Parish, LA and New Orleans),  Mississippi, and the Southern United States
  • Areas of specialty include (but are not limited to): the U.S (18th through 20th centuries), Acadian-Cajun, DNA, Post Adoption Cases, Court Records, Genealogy Education, Conference Planning, Reunion Planning, Author/Writer,  Oral History/Interviews, Historical Sites


  • 20 years of reunion and conference planning experience
  • Organizes at least one conference and several reunions each year