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


HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE. The Downtown Madisonville (TN) Association is sponsoring the "Parade of Flags" The event runs from June 30 thru July 10th. "The flags were purchased by members of the community and while many veterans are honored, anyone who wanted to honor another person for any reason was able to have a flag. The flags, on display at the (Monroe County) courthouse and Madisonville City Hall, will be up until July 11. The nearly 200 flags will then belong to those who purchased them." This is according to a story in the Sunday, July 2, 2006 Advocate & Democrat Newspaper.

I purchased a flag to display in memory of my grandfather, Charles Lawson Self. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

The pictures above were taken this morning on the lawns of the Monroe County Courthouse and the Madisonville City Hall. The flags are a beautiful sight to behold.

God bless the Good 'ole U.S. A.

Remember our soldiers and their families.