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.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

"Mountain Memories" To Be Posted to This Site

In 1991 and 1992, Mildred Miller Thomas penned down some of her thoughts and recollections about her family history, particularly her Self and Miller family history. She entitled it “Mountain Memories”. I was privileged to receive a copy of this collection of stories. I first received a handwritten copy from Mildred. Sometime later she presented me with a typed, spiral bound copy. The handwritten copy contains 63 pages. The typed copy is much shorter, with only 23 pages. I have enjoyed reading it over and over many times. Now I would like to share it with the readers on this site. Mildred gave me permission several years ago to reprint it. It contains some very interesting material, some of which I had never heard before about experiences various members of the Self, Miller and Hartness families had during their lifetimes.

I will be adding a couple of pages to the site every week or so, as time permits me to scan it and upload it, until all 23 pages have been shared. I will also be making notes or comments from time to time to go along with what Mildred has written.

To be sure everyone has a clear understanding of who Mildred Thomas is, allow me to explain that she is the daughter of Mary Lydia Hartness and Oliver Conway (Joe) Miller. Mary Hartness was the daughter of Sarah Louisa Self and Harvey Hartness. Sarah Self was the daughter of John J. Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.

Mildred is married to Hugh (Tommy) Thomas. They reside in Madisonville, Tennessee.

May I suggest that if you enjoy reading what Mildred has written, please copy it off to keep and share with other family members. Also, your comments are welcomed concerning this material just like I welcome comments concerning anything that is posted to this site.