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, August 12, 2005


On behalf of our branch of the Self Family, I recently purchased a commemorative, engraved brick from the Tellico Plains, Tennessee Merchants' Association. The association sold bricks for the historic town square re-pavement project, which will feature the circle of the seven clans of the Cherokee Indians as its centerpiece. This project is part of the association's effort to beautify the town square. Our brick will read "Family Of John and Lydia Self".

I thought it would be fitting to honor our ancestors in this way. After all, the Tellico Plains area is where John, Lydia and much of their family settled when they moved to Tennessee from Georiga in the mid to late 1880's.

Installation of the bricks should begin this fall. A picture will be provided on this site for all to see once our brick is placed.