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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


My friend in Oregon, Rev. Dale Freeman, said it best in a recent email when he wrote the following...'Well, it's almost time for the "official" celebration of that reality that lives in our hearts every day of the year. Christ, Savior and Lord, was born to die and pay the price for our sin. In Him we find hope, forgiveness and grace. May we, in 2010, give ourselves with wild abandon to "go tell it on the mountain."

I agree with Dale.

Svitlana, Lydia and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God bless you all and keep you safe during the holiday season.


Jeanette Isbill of Vonore, TN passed away early this morning, December 23. Her obituary is posted on the funeral home website at . I am having difficulty posting anything to the blogger right now, otherwise the obituary would be posted here.

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.