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, September 28, 2010


Ersie Self Cooper celebrated her 90th birthday at a surprise party hosted by her family at the Vonore (TN) Community Center on September 18. She was very surprised when she realized what was going on. Numerous family members, friends and neighbors turned out to help her celebrate. There was a huge crowd in attendance. She is shown above with a great-great niece, Lydia Self. A huge birthday cake was also enjoyed by all in attendance along with an abundance of other delicious food. The family put together a collage of pictures for everyone to reminisce over too. The next post has a link of a video that was shot by her grandson, Kevin Fowler, as she entered the community center for the party.