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


Cousin Laura Self, daughter of John and Angel Self, of Texas, is on the mission field. She is traveling to Damongo, Ghana, along with 11 other people from her church in Texas. There are four team leaders and 8 team members, ranging in ages 16- 18. The group left Texas on Sunday, July 18 and will return July 30 or 31."The team will be working alongside Danny Jaynes in Damongo." He is a missionary. "They will be doing VBS programs, telling stories from the Bible with puppets, distributing Bibles, showing the Jesus video and doing whatever the missionary needs help with" according to Laura's mother, Angel Self. Please pray for Laura and the entire team as they travel so far from home to do God's work. Pray for their safety and that their work will be blessed of God. Ghana is a country of 24 million people and about 100 ethnic groups.