Did I ever mention to you that "Baca" is a confusing surname in this state, and in my family. This is for a variety of reasons:
1.) Baca is one of the most common last names in New Mexico. If you are a Hispanic New Mexican whose family has been here for a few hundred years, regardless of whether you, your parents, or grandparents have the surname, somewhere in your genealogy you are likely to have the Baca name. Guaranteed.
2.) Yes, both of my parents are Bacas. No they are not cousins (at least not close cousins) through their surnames. My dad's family was from Pena Blanca, my mom's family was from Belen. And that's going back 150 -200 years. Do you know how many times my mother was asked to clarify her surname? - "Mrs. Baca, what is you maiden name?", "Baca", "No, the name you had BEFORE you were married", "Baca", "No, you don't understand, before you walked down the aisle, you had a last name that was the same name as your father's. What was that name?", "Baca", "Okay, let me try to explain this even better...."
3.) There are approximately 5,236,286,201,215 Bacas in the Socorro area alone. Or at least it seems that way. Although many of them are distantly related to either my dad or my mom - THEY ARE NOT THE SAME BACA FAMILIES! Many of the Bacas I write about on this blog are not my parents' families.
Because of this reason, I've decided to make it clearer as to which Baca family I am talking about in my blog. I've created two new labels for this blog: Robert's maternal Baca line, and Robert's paternal Baca line. To find these label, look at the right hand margin of this blog under Categories in this Blog. Click on the label that you wish to explore.
Now we have clarified the Baca quandry. Let's not even get into talking about my Torres, Trujillo, and Padilla families....