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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Svitlana, Lydia and I really enjoyed visiting with cousin Ruth Anderson and her family this past Saturday. The occasion was to celebrate Ruth's 85 birthday. The celebration was well attended by many family members and friends. Ruth seemed to enjoy herself. She commented to me that the children went to too much trouble for her. I told her she deserved the party and recognition very much. Ruth's sister, Anna Johnson, of Niota, TN who will turn 88 in August, was also in attendance to help celebrate with Ruth. The picture is of Mrs. Johnson (left) and Mrs. Anderson (right).