Someone who inadvertently stumbled upon this website asked, Who's Major Smolinski?

The answer? No one. This website is named for the last names of the two people above, Stanley "Buster" Major and Helen Smolinski, who married in 1929.

My Major family emigrated to the United States from Ireland. Three brothers made the move, two of them settling near the Eastern-most Finger Lake, Skaneateles, the other continuing about 100 miles further west, to Buffalo.

People have often asked me where the Majors originated because our name doesn't sound Irish. There also are Majors in England, obviously, since one of them (no relative) was the prime minister. I've also met a Major from Hungary.

The three Major brothers who began our American family were born in County Derry, Ireland.

The Smolinski family, not surprisingly, emigrated from Poland, though at the time of their departure (and for many years previously) their hometown, Kolno, was controlled by Russia.

Not everything on the website is about family. As a retired person I have time on my hands. Since writing was part of my job for many years, I continue to write, often while putting a foot in my mouth.

 
Major
Smolinski
McLaughlin
O'Hara
O'Neill / Others
 
Strictly Solvay
This factory town
was a great place
to grow up
 
Recollections
Relatives and friends
as I remember them
from way back when
 
Name Dropping
Interviewing celebrities
can be a humbling
experience
 
Sandy Pond
At vacation time
there was only
one destination.
Two-Cents Worth
Flashbacks
Central New York
Going Somewhere
Sports Stuff
Read All About It!
Newspaper stories
about relatives and
familiar places.
 
Contact