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, June 09, 2009


Saturday, June 6, 2009 was the date for the annual Self Family Reunion for the descendants of Emery and Mary Self. The reunion was held at the home of J.L. and Edna Self in Maryville, Tennessee. The reunion has been held at their home for many years. This year, there were at least 50 family members in attendance and maybe a few more. We shared a wonderful lunch. (Thanks ladies!) Afterwards ,we were entertained for a little while under the shade trees, by J.L. Self who sang "I'd Rather Have Jesus" and Tommy Self, who sang a song his mother used to sing in church. (He could not think of the correct title of the song).Another highlight of the afternoon came when cousin Duane Hill shared an essay of sorts that he had written about his memories of the decoration days at Citico Cemetery. Everyone enjoyed the essay very much. I asked Duane to email me a copy of it to post on this site and he sent it to me a couple days ago. It is posted on this site (unedited) for everyone to enjoy. Some photos from the reunion will follow in the near future.