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.

Sunday, May 04, 2008


My 8 year old niece, Scarlett Marie Self, was baptized this morning during the 11 a.m. worship service at the Hopewell Springs Baptist Church in Madisonville. She was the only one to be baptized. The pastor, Rev. Chris Farmer, baptized Scarlett at the beginning of the worship service. Among those in attendance to witness the baptism were Scarlett's parents, Stephen and Denise Self, her brother Colby, grandparents Rev. Tommy and Willie Self and Bob and Wanda Atkins. My wife Svitlana, our daughter, Lydia and I were also in attendance. "Paw" Tommy spoke briefly and led a prayer at the pastor's request before the baptismal service. It was a sweet service. God bless Scarlett.