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.

Friday, December 18, 2009


J.L. and Edna (McDaniel) Self, of Maryville, TN, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary December 23, 2009.

The couple were married in 1959, in Madisonville, TN. The Rev. Robert Maxwell officiated.

Their family includes sons Donnie (Brenda), Kenneth, Steven (Shelley), Roger (Paula) and the late David Self. Their grandchildren are Christopher, Cheree, Lexie and Brock Self, Melissa (Chad) Morrison and Haley Simerly. They have one great-grandson, Levi Morrison.

Mr. Self is a retired drywall contractor. Mrs. Self is a homemaker.

They attend Hillcrest Baptist Church.