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 picture above is of Arthur Hartness, McKinley Hartness, Reed Tyler, no relation to the Hartness boys, and Sherman Hartness, sitting left to right. These are the three sons of Louisa Self Hartness. Mildred Thomas wrote about the musical abilities of the Hartness family in "Mountain Memories".