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Heather MacAlister

Heather MacAlister

Heather MacAlister

Heather MacAlister is a professional genealogist with over 20 years experience in South Africa. Founder of the Cape Town Family History Society and of the South-Africa-British Immigrants mailing list. She is manager of, but still manages to find time to give advice or help anyone with their Family Tree. Her field of expertise ranges from tracing birth parents for adopted children as well as in-depth research in the Cape Town Archives, Master’s Office and various other repositories.

Heather’s hands on and informal approach to Ancestry makes doing a family tree enjoy a fun and rewarding pastime for anybody wishing to create a lasting legacy for their family. Her knowledge and private collection of over 1000 books on genealogy and family history is something that she willingly shares. She spent time helping excavate bodies from Prestwich Street Cemetery as well as compiled Changing Hands, an electronic book on slavery with Prof Robert Shell. Visit for more information.

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