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.

Saturday, January 09, 2010


I received a telephone call from Cousin Judy Payne yesterday evening. She has reserved the pavilion at Pearson Springs Park in Maryville, TN for the 2010 Self Family Reunion. The date is Saturday, September 25, 2010. We will have the pavilion reserved from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Restrooms are available at the park. It is located on Montvale Station Road in Maryville and is very close to Sandy Springs Park. More information and complete directions to the park will be added to this site as the date draws near. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the reunion. Many of you will remember we had to change locations because the fellowship hall at Friendship Baptist Church, where we have met for the past two years, was not going to be available to us this year. Fortunately, Judy already had a new location in mind. Hope to see all of you there!