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, February 11, 2007


The first picture shown in this gallery is of the Harvey Hartness family. Mildred Thomas wrote about this family in "Mountain Memories" on pages 11 and 12. This is Harvey and Louisa Self Hartness and children Ada, Sherman, McKinley and Arthur. Daughter Mary is not shown in the picture. Her face was cut out of the picture and used to put in a locket. The second picture is supposedly of Louisa Self Hartness and apparently Harvey too, with sons Sherman, McKinley and Arthur standing left to right in the background.