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, July 18, 2007


Aidan Thomas Givens was born 8:50 p.m. July 11, 2007. Weight was 5 lbs. 11 oz. Length was 19 inches. Parents are Michelle Thomas Givens and Matthew R. Givens. Michelle is the daughter of Alvin and Peggy Cooper Thomas. Great-grandmother is Ersie Self Cooper. Congratulations to Michelle and Matthew!