Graham Jaunay (BA DipT FSAGHS) was born in Ashford SA in January 1944 and educated at Glenelg Primary, Brighton High, Wattle Park Teachers College and Adelaide University where he majored in history and politics.
From 1966 to mid-1994, he saw service as a teacher and principal in a number of country postings before returning to Adelaide in 1982. He has been an accredited professional genealogist and record agent since mid-1994.
Graham served the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society as president, a councillor and a member of several committees since 1994 and in 2005 was elevated to a Fellow of the Society. He currently convenes the Scottish Interest Group.
Graham served two terms as President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies and was the editor of their newsletter, Newsflash, for a number of years.
Graham is the patron of the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group and had the privilege of being their very first guest speaker.
Graham presented seminars and tutorials on a wide range of family and local history topics on behalf of many organisations, libraries and groups across Australia. From 2004 to 2012 he was adjunct lecturer in genealogy for the History Department of the Flinders University where he presented post-graduate courses in genealogy. He was a WEA tutor in family history and heritage walks from 1995 to 2020.
Graham was a life member of the Australian College of Educators. He was a member of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives committee from 2000 to 2014 assisted with their newsletter. Graham has been a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, the accreditation body for the profession, since 1995.
In 2015 Graham was recognised by the Governor for his work in the field of family and local history with a South Australian Life-long History Achievement Award sponsored by the History Council of SA.
In March 2018 Graham was awarded the Australiasian Federation of Family History Societies Award for Meritorious Service to Family History at the triennial Congress in Sydney.
Graham has written a number of books on the methodology of researching family history in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and France as well as more specialised research topics. He has also authored or edited a number of books on individual family histories.