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, July 02, 2006


I would like to wish my parents, Rev. Tommy and Willie Self a happy 40th wedding anniversary. They were married July 2, 1966 in Madisonville, TN by the late Rev. James Thomas.

I called them before church this morning to wish them a happy anniversary. I asked daddy if he would do it again had he known 40 years ago what he knows now. He replied, "yea, probably so."

May God give them many more happy years together.