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, September 19, 2005


Approximately 86 Self relatives attended the annual reunion held Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Camp Tipton Park in Maryville, TN. The weather was really nice for the event. The ladies (and a few gentlemen) outdid themselves in providing a delicious meal for all to enjoy. We are blessed with some really great cooks. I heard several comments about the food. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm.

The reunion began around 4 p.m. with opening remarks and a welcome to all by our hostess, Ruth Self Bryant. J.L. Self was asked to lead everyone in a prayer of thanks for the meal before we ate. After the meal, we all enjoyed a time of fellowship and getting acquainted or re-acquainted. There was lots of picture taking and videotaping going on. L.J. Moon, a friend of Gertrude Self Sewell, shot a video and afterwards played it back on a small television. Several gathered around to see what they look like on t.v.. The younger children enjoyed being on the playground with their seldom-seen cousins.

It was an honor to have Daisy Hawk Murray, a granddaughter to Lewis Self join us for the first time. Daisy came from the state of Washington to attend the reunion and meet some cousins she had never met. The award for "who travelled the farthest" would have to go to Penney Self Ratliff and her son, Wesley Cole Ratliff, who came all the way from Italy. Penney is the daughter of Rick and Jerry Self.

The youngest little cousin to attend the reunion this year was AnnaLee Dacey Simpson, born August 24, 2005. She is the daughter of Jackie Self Simpson and Kevin Simpson of Cleveland, TN. Jackie is the daughter of Rick and Jerry Self.

We will not go into the subject of who would get the award for being the eldest attendee. It might be a female and a womans age can be a touchy subject. For many years the honor went to Douglas Self, who is now 98. Douglas has not been able to attend the reunion for the last couple of years.

My personal thanks and appreciation goes to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the reunion. It certainly was great to see all of you again. See you all next year. (Pictures from the reunion will follow on this site in the near future.)