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, August 05, 2008


Happy birthday to Anna Smith Johnson of Niota, Tennessee. She will turn 90 years old on Thursday, August 7. Mrs. Johnson is the oldest living descendant of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self. She is the daughter of the late James Thomas Smith and Mary Louisa Self Smith. Congratulations to Miss Anna for reaching this milestone in her life.

Note: Check out this blog on Friday, August 8, 2008 for a published interview with Mrs. Anna Johnson, including her photo.