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, July 08, 2009


Cousin Joshua Grant Sewell, age 29, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 near Daytona Beach, Florida. He is the son of Ricky Sewell and the grandson of Gertrude Self Sewell and the late Herman Sewell. Josh is a native of McMinn County, Tennessee. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.