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, March 15, 2010


Sixteen direct descendants of John J. Self and other family members attended a memorial service commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death on Saturday, March 13. The service was held at 11:00 a.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at Rafter, near Tellico Plains, TN. The service had been planned to be held outdoors at the cemetery, but due to the cold, rainy weather, the service was moved to the church. A total of 25 attended the service, which concluded with the unveiling of a granite monument at Giles-Roberts Cemetery, where John Self and his wife, Lydia Avaline Self, are buried. Eugene Self, the oldest descendant in attendance and Lydia Self, the youngest descendant in attendance, unveiled the monument. Eugene Self, age 78, is a great-great-grandson to John and Lydia Self. Lydia Self, age 6, who is named after John's wife, is a 4th great grandchild to them. John J. Self died at his home at Rafter on March 5, 1910.

Several who attended shared lunch together at the Nut-N-Fancy Restaurant in Tellico Plains after the memorial service. The photo above shows the granite monument that was placed in the cemetery. Other photos from the memorial service will be added to the blog in the near future.