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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


The 25th annual Self Family Reunion was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, TN. Approximately 80 were in attendance. We enjoyed a delicious meal and some wonderful fellowship. I will be adding pictures from the reunion over the next few days.