Okay, so I am writing the Great American Romance Novel. 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. 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. Where would she start? And what helps and hassles might she find along the way? If you or anyone you know has knowledge of this process, or you know where to point me online, please share!