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, September 24, 2006


The Tellico Plains (TN) Chamber of Commerce is seeking help from the town's Board of Mayor and Alderman to get most of the town recognized as an historic place. The group wants the the town's governing body to help get it on the National Register of Historic Places. At a recent meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, citizens for and against the proposal argued their case. Some fear the designation would place restrictions on their property, and they are not in favor of this possible outcome. Others said it would position the town to get grant monies for impovement projects. The matter was tabled and is yet to be settled.

Tellico Plains is a very special place for the Self Family. It is uniquely historical to our family, since many of our ancestors lived in the area at one time. It is where the family settled when they left north Georgia. Many Self relatives still live in and around Tellico Plains. We have a lot of history in those Tellico Mountains as evidence by Mildred Thomas in her writings in "Mountain Memories", which is being shared on this site.