Okay, so I am writing the Great American Romance Novel. Â I have put my heroine in a life and death situation and she needs knowledge of her family history in order to extract herself — but she was adopted and her birth parents know nothing about her real parents except that they died tragically young. Â Fortunately, they do know a bit about her ethnic heritage and they believe a certain historian can provide her the information she needs — but he needs her family name.
So, my heroine must to go in search of the identities of her birth parents. Â Where would she start? Â And what helps and hassles might she find along the way? Â If you or anyone you know has knowledge of this process, or you know where to point me online, please share!