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, September 21, 2009


The annual Self Family Reunion was held this past Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church in Maryville, TN. The attendance was very good. I did not get an exact head count, but I would estimate there were almost 100 there. We had a wonderful time. The ladies (and some gentlemen) did a superb job again this year with the food. There was an abundance of delicious food to enjoy. (We do have some great cooks in the family.) Everyone really seemed to enjoy the fellowship. We all missed Mrs. Ruth Bryant, who hosted the reunion for many years. She passed away back in July. The last time I saw her, she was looking forward to the reunion. She always loved the Self Family reunion. We will miss her at future gatherings.

It was announced at the reunion that we will NOT be able to meet at Friendship Baptist Church next year. Plans are being made to use a pavilion near Sandy Springs Park in Maryville for our reunion in September 2010. Information will be released as it becomes available.

I have several pictures from the reunion to share on this site. I will try to get them loaded tomorrow if at all possible.