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, June 11, 2010


Saturday, June 6, 2010 marked the annual gathering of the family of Emery and Mary Self at the home of J.L. and Edna Self in Maryville, Tennessee. The reunion was well attended this year. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and some great fellowship. The weather was nice also. J.L Self commented that this was the 20th year the reunion has been held at his home. We also celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of J.L. and Edna after lunch, complete with a beautiful cake. They were married December 23, 1959 and celebrated 50 years together last December. More photos from the reunion will follow.