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.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Monday, October 23, 2006 will be a significant date for the Self Family. John J. Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self were married October 23, 1851 in Union County, Georgia. This was 155 years ago. John was approximately 26 years old when they married and Lydia was 18 years old. They had 11 children together during their 58 years of marriage. John died in March, 1910. Lydia lived 5 years longer and died in May, 1915. They are buried in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. To see a photo of this couple, go to the July, 2005 Archives on this site. See the article "Our Earliest DOCUMENTED Ancestor". John and Lydia are my earliest documented Self ancestors and yours too if you are a Self cousin to me.