Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Friday, July 08, 2005


This is the time of year when families are getting together for a little potato salad, baked beans and fried chicken. The Self family is no different. The annual reunion for our branch of the Self family will be Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Camp Tipton Park in Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. I have confirmed the date with cousin Ruth Self Bryant. She has the place reserved already. Make plans now to attend and invite everyone you see, well everyone who is related that is, to come also. Let's make this the best attended year yet. No one is certain exactly how many years we have been meeting, but it has been at least 20 and probably more. I can remember going 20 years ago. Anyway, remember to mark your calendars so you will not plan anything else for this date and please try to come. I look forward to seeing you there.