The Estrada family in
one visits several of the WWW genealogical
services, it becomes clear that the Estrada who exchange mail in those services
have little or no idea
about the origin of their surname. Most queries placed by
interested parties go unanswered, but some do get the desired
information and establish family links.
conjectures are made about the surname. Someone
stated that the surname had Italian origin because strada means highway
in that language and it had a similar sound. But as surnames, Strada is not
Estrada, just as Street in English, Strasse in German or Estrade in
French are not the same surnames. Estrada is also not Calle, which in
Castillian Spanish means the same and is a surname in itself. The
equivalent surnames in other languages are different in origin and
have no genealogical relationship.
as a word, is of latin roots. It is a Spanish as well as a Portuguese
word, but as a surname, it is Spanish. The genealogical investigators have been unable to go beyond the
last third of the first millenium A.D. (that's about one thousand three
hundred years ago), when the place called Estrada already existed.
It is from here that we start.
The place of La
is some confusion with a place called La Estrada, in Galicia,
Spain, near Santiago de Compostela, nearer to Pontevedra and close
to the frontier with Portugal.This is a nice place, but it is not the birthplace of the surname. I
know, I went there before going to the Estrada place in Northern
Spain. La Estrada, unlike Estrada, is on the main road maps, so
it's easier to find; therefore, many Estrada have "found"
the wrong place.
else I could detect is that there are many Estrada who have no idea
of their ancestors beyond their parents, and in some cases their
grandparents. Very few can go further up. This has motivated me to
open this Web site so that every Estrada who may wish to, may send
me his/her genealogical information (dates and places of birth,
marriage and death) about their ancestors, contemporaries and
descendants. All information received will be filed as parts of a
jigsaw puzzle; but because of the number of generations and
possible lost links, we can't make any guarantee that we'll be able
to make connections. However, we can certainly try! Please note
that we are not requesting private information that could be used
for purposes other than pure genealogical investigation.
this Web site we seek to involve those who carry the Estrada
surname in building the family history and family tree, and we
want, whenever possible, to go up into the past and discover, as
precisely as possible, the history of an extensive family - not as
extensive as the "Smiths", but large enough to be spread
over the five continents.
is clear that if we could go back far enough, we would reach the
common ancestor, but this is a practical impossibility. However,
the genealogical history of a family is enriched by investigation
and the information supplied by all those interested, allowing
those who try to "build the puzzle" to go back
generations and to establish links in close as well as distant kinship.
I find two pieces that, having been strangers, may fit, it will be
a pleasure to have them link (if they so wish). That will be the
best reward and justification for this Web site.
information received will not be public, but it will be available
to members of the "family" who may be building family
can write to me at:
regular mailing address is: P.
O. Box 09-01-7648 - Guayaquil,
have an idea of how many Estrada there are now in the world, we can
make the following calculation which, although a bit arbitrary,
corresponds to a logical progression: In thirteen centuries of the
history of the surname there have probably been 65 generations
born, each with a multiplication factor of four, in descending
order. For each descendant in each generation, we can calculate
four descendants successively. Make the calculation. It will be an
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