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.

Monday, August 22, 2005


Cousin Randall Cooper is running for the office of mayor in his hometown of Vonore, Tennessee. Hs is currently serving as an alderman for the town. The election will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2005. Early voting began today and will continue through September 3rd at the Election Commission Office in Madisonville. The other candidate is incumbent Fred "Fitz" Tallent.

Vonore has a population of 1162 and is the smallest of the four municipalities in Monroe County. However, it is the fastest growing area in the county.

Randall Cooper is the son of Ersie Self Cooper and the late Willard Cooper. Best of luck to Randall in his political ambitions.