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.

Monday, February 02, 2009


Cousin Craig Brown called me this weekend and shared that he recently launched a new website devoted to related families from Blount County, Tennessee. The website is I recommend that anyone related to the Self family check it out. I have already looked at it and I am pleased to recommend it to our Self cousins. The site primarily focuses on the Brown, Taylor, Hancock and Newberry families. I will try to get a link to this new website posted to my blog as soon as possible, but I wanted to get the news out quickly. Be sure to see this site at your earliest convenience.