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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Cousin John Henegar has notified me of the death of Ruth Smith Anderson of Athens, TN. She passed away earlier this morning. Ruth was 86 years old. She was born March 16, 1921, the daughter of James Thomas Smith and Mary Louisa Self Smith. Ruth was a wonderful person. I will miss her. (See the story posted to this site on March 22, 2006 "Cousin Ruth Smith Anderson Celebrates Birthday".) Funeral arrangements are pending.