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 13, 2008


The Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Committee in Vonore, Tennessee is in need of donations to concrete the drive around the cemetery. This cemetery is one of the largest in Monroe County. It is accessible from a drive which completely surrounds the cemetery. The smaller, two upper sections are divided from the larger, older section of the cemetery by a drive as well. The surface to be concreted covers a large area of the property.

The cemetery committee began a campaign to concrete the gravel drive around two years ago. Approximately 16 truck loads of concrete have been purchased and poured to date. It will take about 13 more loads of concrete to finish the job. All labor is being done by volunteers. Every dollar donated goes toward purchasing the materials (concrete). When completed, this project will be something the entire community can be proud of. There are several Self family relatives buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Donations for the concrete project may be sent to: Carl Self, 2637 Hwy. 360, Vonore, TN 37885.
Please designate that the donation is for the concrete project at the cemetery.

All donations large or small will be greatly appreciated.