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, March 12, 2010


The memorial service for John J. Self and Lydia A. Self will be held as planned on Saturday, March 13. We will meet at Giles-Roberts Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. at Rafter. Those of you who will be going, and want to, may meet me at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, in Madisonville, by 10 a.m. or at the Hardees in Tellico Plains by 10:30 a.m. to follow us up to the cemetery. Restroom facilities are supposed to be open, thanks to the fire department. Also, I have made arrangements this morning to have the Macedonia Baptist Church fellowship hall (basement) open for us to use if the rain is heavy. The church is located about 300 yards from the cemetery. We will have the service there if the weather is too bad for us to meet at the cemetery. Then, those who wish may go up to the cemetery to see the monument and other family graves. Personally, I am going to pray that this bad weather is out of here before tomorrow morning.

Svitlana and I went up there yesterday and put up a 10 x 20 tarp in case it is raining. They are calling for 65 mile per hour winds in the mountains tonight, so I hope the tarp will still be there tomorrow morning. It is supposed to be 35-40 degrees Saturday morning, so please dress warmly. Hope to see you at Rafter Saturday morning.