She found her Dad's long lost family.
He only found out a decade or so ago that he was adopted and knew nothing more than that, but over the last few years she's pieced together information from various libraries, ship charters, birth certificates and found out that his mother fled to Australia during the war when she gave him up for adoption - presumably, as her husband was serving on duty, because she had an affair.
After many more months, she narrowed the mother's remarried name down to a mere few people and - thanks in part to Facebook changing their privacy settings - found a few members of her distant family.
Last night, they sneakily approached one of them pretending to be long lost cousins but got a lovely email back saying that the whole family was aware of her father and have spent 40 years themselves trying to find him bu never known for sure where he'd settled.
Quite fucking weirdly, her Dad is on holiday in Australia right now and passing through the town where they now all live in 3 weeks time.
He's found it a bit hard to take, knowing that his Mum (now deceased) had 7 kids in total and that he was the only one given up for adoption, but he's got to see his real family and find out what happened, right? He'd regret it forever, what with him being nearly 70 and his Mum's sister being in her 90s?
Been a pretty special day today for her and the folks. If any of you know of good researcher jobs going, might be worth dropping her a line...