When I met my husband, it was like going home. We’d been friends a long time, and that added to the ease in our relationship. However, when his family mentioned that his grandmother’s maiden name, Enriquez, was the same as my own, I was astonished.
Enriquez is not a common name and cannot be found in most history books except the ones written in Spanish. I have, however, found the Enriquez name by perusing through Baptismal and Marriage Records out of Mexico. These have been made available only recently through Family Search and Ancestry.com.
The records are in Spanish and sometimes the writing is difficult to read. But the excitement I have felt when discovering tangible evidence of the existence of an ancestor can only be topped by finding out the sex of an unborn child. That may sound strange but is very true especially to genealogists. I equate being a family genealogist hunting for treasure. It is just as exciting and intriguing.
Sorry to say, I have yet to find out how far back my husband’s family and mine intertwined. Quite honestly, it might go back as far as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. But the search continues as diligently as if there were a chest of gold somewhere under the Royal Oak in my back yard. Happy treasure hunting!