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.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


This past Saturday, June 3, 2006 the annual reunion of the descendants of William Emery and Mary Self was held at the home of J.L. and Edna Self in Maryville, TN. I was not able to attend, but "Sweetie" said everyone enjoyed themselves and the lunch was great. The reunion was well attended this year and the weather was perfect for the occasion. J.L. and his sons entertained everyone with some gospel music and Rev. Tommy Self (my dad) spoke briefly after the meal.