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 28, 2009


March 6, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of our ancestor John J. Self. Plans were announced at the Self Family Reunion on September 19 to mark the anniversary with a special ceremony at the cemetery where John Self and his wife, Lydia Avaline Waters Self, are buried. The ceremony will be held at the Giles (Roberts) Cemetery at Rafter, TN, which is near Tellico Plains in Monroe County, TN.
If you would like to join us for the ceremony, please email me and I will put your name on the guest list. If you would rather call or write me, this is fine too. You will be contacted as the date draws near with more information about the particulars of the ceremony and directions where to meet. The time has not been set, but I anticipate it will be in the morning hours and we will likely gather for lunch at a local church fellowship hall or the community center after the brief ceremony.
My number is 423-420-9253; the address is 315 Oklahoma Street, Madisonville, TN 37354. Email address is: Make plans to attend this historic event.