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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


An early morning house fire in Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee this past Sunday killed two. One was indentified as James Self, age 39. The other victim was a 71 year old woman, Lucille Combs. This information is according to a story that ran in the Daily Post-Athenian on Monday. It was reported that Mr. Self turned 39 the day before the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. James Self was the son of Berlin Self of Niota, TN and the grandson of the late William Onie Self of Tellico Plains, TN. The funeral for James Self and Lucille Combs will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Rogers Creek Baptist Church in McMinn County, TN. Interments will be in the church cemetery. A complete obituary on James Self will be posted to this site when it becomes available.