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.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

National Guard Troops To Be Home For Thanksgiving

" They have been assured they will be eating Thanksgiving turkey at home", said Kaye Butler, president of the Family Readiness Group operating out of the Sweetwater, Tennessee Armory. Butler's comments were made recently to The Democrat, a Monroe County, TN newspaper. Cousin Jeff Butler, Kaye's husband, is one of about 100 guard soldiers who departed for training in June 2004 before going to Iraq later that year. The troops are most likely to re-enter the United States at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and go through a debriefing period for several days before returning to their hometowns.

"Butler will be working with local officials to plan a homecoming celebration for the soldiers when they get back. She said the troops could return at different times so a way will have to be worked out to give each of the men a good welcome home."

Source: The Democrat, Friday, October 7, 2005, Vol 124, No. 40, Tommy Millsaps