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.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Did anyone happen to see the magazine American Profile this past Sunday? There was an article in the Hometown Spotlight section about Dahlonega, Georgia and its Gold Rush Days, which is scheduled for October 18-19. Dahlonega is in Lumpkin County and our Self ancestors once lived there, before coming to Tennessee. Dahlonega is a neat place to visit. I have been there several times. Go to for a link to Dahlonega's website to check out the details about the Gold Rush Days.