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, May 15, 2007


Benjamin Patrick Self (pictured above) will graduate from Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, TN on Saturday, May 19, 2007. He is the Salutatorian of his class. Ben is the son of Donnie and Marsha Cooper Self. His grandparents are J.R. and Armenda King Self and Orval Cooper and the late Juanita Cooper.

Cousin Bristin Lee Self will graduate from Tellico Plains High School, in Tellico Plains, TN on Saturday, May 19, 2007. Bristin is the son of Timothy Ray Self and Michelle Self. He is the grandson of Ray Self.

Congratulations to Ben and Bristin on this accomplishment.