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, February 04, 2009


This is a copy of the only known picture of my grandfather, Charles Lawson Self, and his first wife, Sarah and their children , Gertrude and Charles Luther Self. Sarah died after giving birth to twins. The twins also died. Papaw Lawson later married Geneva Louise White, my grandmother. (See related information in the previous post.)