Three Major brothers emigrated from Ireland in the 1860s. About forty years later, three Smolinski brothers left Russia-occupied Poland. This is an attempt to trace relatives who settled in Central New York. Other names prominent in our extended family: McLaughlin, O'Hara, O'Neill, Dougherty/Doherty, Kane, Kaldowski, McGinn, Maltby.

A trip down Memory Lane with several members of the Major and Smolinski families.

Several stories originating in Solvay, New York, or having a strong Solvay connection.

A collection of stories, some with a Solvay connection, some with a family connection, and others that we simply found interesting.


The fellow who put this website together used to be an entertainment writer. He remembers some celebrities he interviewed.

Childhood memories, adult pet peeves, odd interest