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 14, 2009


This past weekend, Svitlana, Lydia and I attended the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun State Park in Vonore. It was a very interesting event. We met "Daniel Boone" of Kentucky. Lydia learned about spinning yarn. Svitlana got some pointers from a hunter. I met a slate tombstone carver. A few pictures from our day at the faire are shown above.