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, August 25, 2009


The annual Self Family Reunion will be held Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the fellowship hall of Friendship Baptist Church, 3310 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN. This is where it was held last year. We will begin gathering around 2 p.m. and share a meal at 4 p.m. Many of you may have wondered if the reunion would be held this year since Ruth Bryant, who hosted the reunion for as long as I can remember, recently passed away. I was able to confirm today that it will indeed be held as usual. Please let me know if you need directions or more information.