|I have known Heather MacAlister for a number of years and can testify to her knowledge, interest and ability with respect to genealogy. She founded the Cape Town Family History Society to promote the study of genealogy in the city. Her energy and drive made it a great success. She has also shown through her work at Ancestry24 a broad grasp of the information required and the means to access it in a way that assists those tracing their family history. The extent of data gathered there in a short period of time is truly outstanding. I would recommend her any job in the genealogy / local history sector particularly where accessing and interpreting information is key. Ian Neilson Executive Deputy Mayor at City of Cape Town|
|Heather MacAlister has more initiative and tenacity than anyone I know – she will create new opportunities where nobody else sees it and carry it trough. her people skills are exceptional and her aptitude for technical aspects of her profession is cutting-edge – this combination is rare: Heather will be an asset to any institution, and I recommend her with pleasure. Francois Verster Company Archivist/Historian at Media24|
|Heather MacAlister is one of those professionals that has endless energy and drive to make things work. She was extremely committed to the company and the Ancestry24 project and managed to build a business from scratch with very limited resources. I have the highest regard for her abilities. Arrie Rossouw CEO at Mobile Potential Inc., Director at Mobile Potential (Pty) Ltd.|
|I have worked with Heather MacAlister for many years on issues relating to the history of Cape Town. She has always openly shared her knowledge – not to mention her enthusiasm. She has volunteered help on various projects and assisted generously with networking. The body of heritage knowledge that became publically accessible through her work is in itself testimony to her achievements. Dave Hart Heritage Resources Management at City of Cape Town|
|Heather MacAlister, who has been known to me for some time now. I know that her tenacity to unearth records for all members of our community with ensure a bonding in the local community. I initially approached Heather to help me obtain a copy of my birth certificate, and the trouble she had in obtaining it, made ME realise how important it is, that every available resource in the country must be harnessed to protect the records of the past, because without preserving and revealing past, whatever it may show, there can be no hope of a peaceful future. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu|
|I can unhesitatingly recommend the services of Heather MacAlister as a genealogical researcher. I am an attorney and notary and my requirements for attention to detail and a sceptical mindset are not negotiable. I was most reluctant to delegate this important research to a third-party, but as I cannot attend personally at the various archives around the country I had no option. I was most fortunate in having been referred to Heather. She is knowledgeable and meticulous and her copies are of the highest quality. Her turn around time is also excellent. In addition to this, she is cheerful and shares in my delight every time I find another brick in my wall. I have been fortunate to have Heather as a partner in my research into what is at the end of the day a highly personal and emotional journey of exploration. Jane O’Connor Johannesburg (Lawyer)|
|Heather MacAlister provided an excellence service when I was drafting my family tree she provided guidance and clear routes in the different branches that comprise the Wilkie-Smith genealogy. Dr Katie Mooney (Researcher and Heritage Practitioner, Cape Town|
|Without hesitation, I highly recommend Heather MacAlister as a genealogy researcher. She was diligent and thorough in the research she did for me. I will use her services again and recommend her to anyone who is seeking assistance in tracing genealogical records. Aubrey Little (Canada)|
|Heather MacAlister has successfully researched a wide range of biographical data for me. She is a sleuth of note and has been my main source of information for my book about my pioneering family. I have been particularly grateful for Heather’s kindly approach and for her unfailing ability to always dig in the right places. Duncan McGregor (Sussex)|
|I have used Heather’s MacAlister’ services for the last 4 years, for genealogical research in South Africa. She provides a professional and reliable service, and does not leave any stone unturned She always with provides me detailed reports Heather has worked on all my South African cases to date, with great success, and has recently found a long-lost father, in one of my cases. She is highly recommended, and her commitment to detail cannot be questioned. Phil Jennings Bond Lane Research Ltd. UK Specialists in finding Missing Beneficiaries.|
|You have been absolutely fantastic with all the research you have done for which I am truly grateful. Prof Hans Bornman on “Cockney Liz, Legendary Barmaid of Barberton“.|
|Heather MacAlister is one of the most dedicated goal orientated individuals I have ever come into contact with. She has excellent research abilities, and a great sense of tradition and historical fact in South Africa. As a genealogist she is rated as one of the top. Isebelle Krause authorised representative for Oral Genealogy and acquisitions at Familysearch.org|
|What you have done is very quickly, intelligently, grasped the complexity of my request;
* appreciated the vast distanced between us, namely: Australia vs South Africa and that I would need extra guidance along the way;
* provided advice that went far beyond what one would normally expect;
* taken an interest in the inevitable twists and turns of the search and
*taken me along a pathway that revealed far more than one would expect.In a nutshell I feel that I haven’t had “just a genealogist” but rather “a very knowledgeable friend who knows all the back roads of getting family information”.Your grasp of the South African milieu is remarkable and I doubt you would have an equal in your trade.
If anyone ever wants to contact me about Heather’s services please do not hesitate to contact me. Veronica Power – Australia client. Read Veronica’s amazing story here.
|Heather MacAlister, you provide a wonderful service at a time when those words are rapidly turning into a form of mythology. I wish you and your visionary website and staff every success into the future. Ron Paterson client Australia|
|For as long as I have known my Gran, she has held a secret very close to her heart – she was adopted in the 1920’s. She has always felt less than her worth and always questioned why her mother abandoned her. My Grand-father passed away 10 years ago and as time has gone by I have seen my now 87-year-old Gran slowly start to give up on life; but still holding onto the mystery of her Biological Mom and family. I stumbled by chance onto Heather’s website and reach out to her to help me solve my Grans mystery. I braced myself for a long haul struggle and disappointment, BUT Heather MacAlister with her clear understanding of my situation, her experience and knowledge made the process remarkably easy and gave us valuable family history tracing back 5 generations of my Gran’s biological family, the information answered so many questions and has honestly given my Gran a new lease on life – it is like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. Heather words cannot tell you how grateful I am for how you have helped my Gran and the family. You do your research with such passion, dedication and compassion – you are truly an Angel! Thank You! Candy B. client South Africa|
|I would, with absolute sincerity, recommend the services of Heather MacAlister as a genealogical researcher. She obviously has a passion for and dedication to her work. Her turnaround time was far beyond what I expected it to be. Her well-presented reports, backed up with verifying documentation were clear and easy to follow. She was a very easy and pleasant person to communicate with, always responding promptly. I am amazed at the emotions Heather’s findings gave rise to in me. What was mere curiosity on my part has created a warm feeling of being a link in an unbroken chain and something to pass on to my descendants. Thank you Heather, from a delighted client, Judy Redelinghuys, Upington, South Africa|
|Over many years I have struggled to unlock the secrets and exciting history which emerged from the magnificent research undertaken by Heather MacAlister.
Working tirelessly and without any needless prompting from me, she far exceeded my expectations. Detailed and precise information was given timeously ,and on many occasions can only be described as “service above and beyond “from that which one anticipates. Save yourself angst and bother, by drawing on Heather’s huge bank of knowledge and expertise ” client Derek & Sandra Berning, Australia
|Living so far away (Canada) I was skeptical in hiring anyone to locate a long lost family member. Heather MacAlister came highly regarded by a member of a genealogical group I belong to so thought I’d give you a try. And I’m so glad I did!!!!
With very limited information to go by you had all the answers within 24 hours complete with documentation to support the data. Your fast and efficient service was very much appreciated and I will most certainly pass your name along to others who are doubtful when hiring out of country researchers.
I can never thank you enough for finding my great uncle who seemed to have left the face of the earth over 100 years ago. My father had spent countless years trying to find his Uncle John. Long before the invention of modern technology. If only he was alive today to share this information. He would be so pleased.
I can’t thank Heather MacAlister enough for solving our family puzzle and helping to find the missing pieces we’ve been trying to find for so many years. client Jean Camlis, Canada
|I was fortunate to come across Heather MacAlisters’ genealogy website within the last few weeks of March 2018. Having exhausting my own search attempts to track down a particular family members descendants in South Africa, I knew it was time to get some professional assistance. Heather is totally dedicated to her genealogy research and consultancy company. With the information I gave her, she was able to email me extremely detailed information on one particular relative who had passed away, and from that information I was able to make contact with a third cousin, who was absolutely thrilled to receive my phone call and to hear the wonderful stories I was able to share with her about a family she knew so little about. Heather is very efficient, her research rates are extremely fair and I know it will be a pleasure to work with her again. You can waste so much time going around in circles trying to trace records in South Africa yourself, leave it to someone who has got it down to a fine art, truly you won’t be disappointed. client Isabella Clifford, Genealogy Lover Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, USA|
|As a military history researcher, I was finding it virtually impossible to access the personnel records relating to a member of the South African Air Force who’s WW2 service I was examining. Heather MacAlister was able to give me a realistic assessment as to which records may still exist together with a timescale to complete the necessary enquiries and an accurate breakdown of costs. Within a week of my initial contact, I was in possession of high resolution colour copies of the subjects full service record – an outcome which far exceeded my expectations. Throughout the process, Heather has kept me fully updated and her charges for this service have been very modest. She will be my first point of call for all future South African research projects and I would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending her services to others. Client Richard, United Kingdom.|
|I was given Heather’s details by the Kaplan Centre in the hope that we could access some old family papers in the South African State Archives. I was getting no where on my own. Heather was incredibly efficient at replying to me and subsequently accessing and sending a link to see the papers. This led to further assistance from Heather which resulted in finding my mothers first cousin in South Africa that she has never met (but will now do so).
Heather has at all times been incredibly easy to deal with and responded quickly to emails of varying degrees of questions.
Without Heather’s help we would never have been able to put the pieces together of our South African family. We are incredibly grateful to her. Client Fay Silverstone, London, United Kingdom.
|The best compliment that I can pay Heather MacAlister is to say that she listens and is immediately interested.
Her vast knowledge of her field of expertise must surely be second to none but it is her personal attention to those in need of assistance that sets her apart.
Her warmth and her genuine understanding of the emotions triggered by familial discoveries have compelled me to unhesitatingly want to recommend her to any family or individual requiring genealogical guidance.
You will not regret Heather’s involvement on your voyage of discovery! Client Mike Fowler, Australia.
|I engaged Heather to help in my search for my biological father, and can’t speak highly enough of her professionalism and integrity. I have no hesitation in recommending her services. Thank you Heather for your help. Client Maarten Semmelink, Australia.|
|Ek het per ongeluk afgekom op Heather se webblad na weke se soek na antwoorde oor my biologiese oupa. My pa was gebore in Windhoek en aangeneem deur sy ma se suster. Ek het altyd gewonder wat van my biologiese oupa geword het en ‘n paar maande terug besluit om daadwerklik te begin soek. Ek is so dankbaar dat ek kontak gemaak het met Heather, want binne ‘n kwessie van 2 weke het sy soveel inligting van my oupa aan my gestuur dat ek uitgevind het my pa het ‘n half-broer en suster wat nog lewe. Ek het kontak gemaak met my nuwe half-tannie, gaan haar ontmoet en alles hoor van my oupa wat ek graag wou weet, asook fotos van hom sien! As dit nie vir Heather se werk was nie, sou dit nie moontlik gewees het nie, ek sal haar ewig dankbaar bly en aanbeveel aan enige iemand wat navorsing wil doen oor hul familie/herkoms. Client Lizelle Hugo, Centurion, Suid Afrika.|
|Jonty Winch and I have spent a number of years working on alternative histories of South African cricket and their implications for society culminating in Too Black to Wear Whites: The Remarkable Story of Krom Hendricks, a Cricket Hero who was rejected by Cecil John Rhodes’s Empire published by Penguin in 2020. Finding the man behind the name was a complex undertaking and we relied heavily on Heather McAlister’s skills as South Africa’s foremost genealogist to find a needle in the haystack of history and establish the life story of the real Krom Hendricks. Heather’s skills and contacts are second to none but equally importantly her commitment, energy and enthusiasm for unlocking past secrets were hugely influential in ensuring the successful production of this book. Her skilled archive work and a detective’s nose for following up leads have provided a significant ingredient in enabling South Africans to understand their history. We are very grateful. Richard Parry, Co-author.|
|I worked with Heather MacAlister in the course of a publication, ‘Too Black to Wear Whites’ (Penguin, 2020), which I co-authored with Richard Parry. It is the story of Krom Hendricks, who was in the late nineteenth century the first sportsman to be formally barred from representing South Africa on the basis of race. Very little was known about Hendricks when we first embarked on the project and when we realised that we needed professional assistance, we contacted Heather in the hope that she could help us. She became a very important part of the project in establishing details of Hendricks’s family and in locating his descendants. She is an outstanding genealogical researcher and we are most grateful for the significant discoveries she made, invariably providing us with information that we would not otherwise have gathered. Her expertise and experience are such that she is always prompt and meticulous in answering requests. We, in turn, soon appreciated her friendly ways and always felt confident that Heather would make the right choice when following a particular line of research. We thank her most sincerely and will certainly recommend her services to others. Jonty Winch, Author|
|Thank you, Heather, for finding my family I never knew I had in South Africa. I thought she might find distant relatives but never in my wildest dreams did I expect her to find an Uncle, Aunt and cousins they never knew existed, or they me. I’m now in touch daily and I’m off to South Africa next April. Thank you so much! Client Senior, Joy, England.|