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.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


The annual Self family Reunion will be held Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Friendship Baptist Church fellowship hall on Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this reunion. We gather around 3 p.m. and eat around 4 p.m. This is a come-as-you -are, informal gathering and a bring-something-good-to eat meal (covered dish). Let's make this one for the record book. I am looking for a big crowd. For more information, directions, etc. contact Barry at 423-420-9253 or by email at
Please make plans to attend. Put everything else off until the next weekend. It will wait.