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.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


The bi-annual Coleman Family Reunion was held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Fort Loudoun State Park in Vonore, Tennessee. This reunion is held for the descendants of Jessie Anderson Coleman and Laura Ellen Self Coleman. Laura Self was the daughter of John Simpson Self and Mary Ann Barbara Tucker Self and the granddaughter of John and Lydia Self. The reunion was well attended and we shared a delicious lunch under the cover of the large harwood trees at the park's pavilion. Everyone seemed to have a nice time. After lunch, a few cousins broke out in song and entertained the rest of us. There were several there from out of state. The next reunion will be held in July, 2012.