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genealogist , historian

Winston De Ville, American genealogist. Founding trustee Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy, Ltd., 1979-1984; co-director National Institute on Genealogical Research (national archives 1982-1984). Fellow American Society Genealogists.

Background

De Ville was born 8 August 1937 in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, son of Dalvis Joseph De Ville and Olevia Marie Johnson.

Education

In 1959 he was graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana College with majors in Piano and French and minors in Organ and Journalism.

Career

According to noted scholar P. William Filby, "By far, Winston De Ville is the earliest of Louisiana's prolific genealogical writers. . . . I can think of few genealogical authors with so many works to their names. . . as important to the historian as to the genealogist.

. . . quality productivity in so few years is remarkable." He received his master's degree in History from Louisiana State University in 1965. An author, publisher, translator, and archivist, De Ville has been recognized by the state of Louisiana for his 1961 volunteer effort to create the first guide to materials at the Louisiana State Archives. In 1970, De Ville was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, an organization limited to fifty members worldwide, selected on the basis of quantity and quality of published works.

De Ville appeared in the Marquis' Who's Who in America in 1998. Beginning in 1976, De Ville was often called upon as a consultant in court cases involving genealogical and historical evidence. Among his clients were the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

Publications include approximately 100 monographs and over 300 articles published in leading academic journals throughout the United States. The third edition of Winston De Ville: A Bibliography of Genealogical and Other Writings is due in 2013. Archives of De Ville's papers (dating from 1944) were begun in 1991 at Louisiana State University.

Additions are made regularly. For many years De Ville owned Polyanthos, Inc., and Provincial Press, which produced many genealogical and historical publications. In 2014, he was named a Penrose Associate of the American Philosophical Society.

Membership

Founding trustee Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy, Ltd., 1979-1984. Co-director National Institute on Genealogical Research (national archives 1982-1984). Fellow American Society Genealogists.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing poetry, piano, collecting old prints, maps, books.

Connections

Son of Dalvis Joseph De Ville and Olevia Johnson. Divorced; 1 child, Richard.

father:
Dalvis Joseph De Ville

mother:
Olevia Johnson

child:
Richard Ville