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, October 21, 2008


This is Mildred Miller Thomas, age 83 and Lydia Self, age 4 of Madisonville, TN. Mildred is the daughter of Oliver and Mary Lydia Hartness Miller. Mary Hartness Miller was the daughter of William Hartness and Sarah Louisa Self Hartness. Sarah was the daughter of John J. and Lydia A. Waters Self. Lydia Self is my daughter. She and her mother, Svitlana, visit with Mildred as often as they can.
Mildred Miller Thomas is a storyteller, author and an artist. She and her husband, Tommy Thomas, live in a century old home on Hwy. 68, near Madisonville, Tennessee. Many of you will recall reading Mildred's work on this blog. She wrote "Mountain Memories" and the entire collection of those stories is published on this blog.