Beginning at age 13, David Travillion Bunton has researched family histories for 40 years. His passion for genealogy led him to study history and ethnology academically at universities in the U. S. and abroad, where he won academic awards for his research. In 1995, Bunton published “Ozark Pioneers”, concerning the migration and settlement of a group of Alabama settlers into Arkansas Territory and continued his research into the history and ethnicity of American immigrants at Cambridge University, England and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Bunton has authored several family histories including the “O’Sheal Record, the Colonial History of the O’Sheal Family” and has been interviewed about the O'Shields O'Sheal family and southern heritage for an upcoming documentary by the award-winning PBS film maker David O'Shields. Bunton has contributed historical articles to a number of periodicals and history books across the U.S. He has conducted genealogical workshops on research techniques and colonial records in America, and has also researched and reported for government agencies, museums, universities and engineering firms conducting historical site studies. He is also the DNA administrator for three surname studies using DNA testing as a genealogical tool. An avid lover of historical architecture, Bunton has restored and renovated an antebellum house used as a stage coach stop and has rescued other historical structures from demolition.