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, February 18, 2008


Rev. John Butler and Shirley Cooper Butler, of Madisonville, TN, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 16, 2008. They were married in Monroe County on February 16, 1968. They have four children: Jeff Butler, Sheila Belcher and Patrick Butler. A daughter, Sharon Arlene Butler, is deceased. John is the pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Madisonville.