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 16, 2009


Colby Tyler Self turned 6 years old on February 15. He is the son of Stephen and Denise Self of Madisonville, TN. Colby celebrated his birthday with family and friends. A Kung Fu Panda birthday party was held in his honor at Eagle Karate Family Center in Madisonville on Friday, February 13 where Colby was designated “black belt for a day”. He is currently enrolled in a karate class at Eagle Karate Family Center and is in Kindergarten at Vonore Elementary School. Colby is shown in the photo above dressed in his karate uniform and temporary black belt. His sister, Scarlett Self, will turn 9 years old on February 26.