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, April 03, 2006


Cousin Van Larry Self of Pontotoc, Mississippi, will celebrate his 95th birthday on Monday, April 10th. He was born in Mt. Vernon, Monroe County, Tennessee in 1911. He is the son of J.R. Sherman Self and Lillie Plaster Self and the grandson of John J. and Lydia A. Waters Self. Van is our oldest living relative. He is the only surviving member of his immediate family.

Van (or Larry as some call him) fell in his home on March 16, 2006 and broke his right leg. He is currently recovering from this injury in a Tupelo, Mississippi Hospital. Our best wishes go out to him for a quick recovery. We also wish him a happy birthday.