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, September 23, 2008


Pictured are three of the many attendees at the reunion. (l to r) is Mrs. J.L. (Edna) Self, Ersie Self Cooper and her daughter Lovonda Cooper Fowler. Ersie was recognized at the Self family reunion this past Saturday for having celebrated her 88th birthday on September 18. Ersie was given a surprise birthday party at a park in Vonore, TN on the 18th by her children and several of her grandchildren. Ersie is the mother of nine children.