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.

Monday, December 24, 2007


Cousin Craig Brown was deployed to Iraq recently. I received an email from him this morning. It is attached below for all to read. Craig also sent a couple pictures of himself. One is shared here. The other would not load due to a glitch of some sort. His address is also listed. Let's not forget our men and women who are serving their country and must be away from home for the holidays. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. May God bless and protect them. Craig wrote...

Dear Barry & Self Cousins,

Attached, you will find my Christmas Card to you... plus an additional mug. Thank you for your love and friendship, and being a part of my life while I'm deployed here in Iraq. Merry Christmas!

It's formatted for 5x7 if you want to print it.

Feel free to post this and my address on your blog, Barry, so the rest of our Self Cousins can have a copy... thanks.

My address here is:

SGT Craig Brown
A Co, 3rd Bn, 116th Infantry
Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq
APO AE 09381

Much Love & Joy to You...