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.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Only one week left to the Self Family Reunion. This year it will be held at the Friendship Baptist Church in Maryville, TN, and NOT at the place we usually have it, Camp Tipton Park.
For exact directions to the church, go to the church website which is
There, you can get access a map under the "Contact Us" tab, and look for "map the location". The church address is 3310 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN 37803. It is really easy to find, just a short distance off Hwy. 411 and Hwy. 129. Hope to see everyone there.