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, February 23, 2007


The photo above is supposedly of one of the trains that was used in the "Babcock Days" in the mountains of Tellico Plains and surrounding areas to transport logs and men. Mildred Thomas wrote about the trains on pages 14 thru 16 and page 20 of "Mountain Memories". It is not known which particular train is in this photo. I do not know the identity of any of the men pictured either. Just think of "old 97".