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, December 24, 2010


Svitlana, Lydia and I want to wish all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you enjoy this special time with your families as we celebrate Christ's birth. We love you all.


Friday, December 10, 2010


4046 is the total number of individuals I now have in the Family Tree Maker software I use to keep up with all our genealogy. My goal is to have at least 4050 by the end of the year and hopefully another 100 by the end of 2011. This means I need to get busy and so do the rest of you. Please email or write me to share any information about our Self family, such as births, weddings, deaths,achievements, etc. I may have the names of those you submit and I may not have them. Either way, this will help me achieve the goal of increasing the number of individuals I have in the database. Thanks for your help, your continued support and interest in this blog and our family history.


Someone complained recently to me that they could not find any contact information for me on this blog. I apologize. I would have sworn I put that information someplace on the blog. Oh well, here it is again. To email me use:
To call me, use: 423-420-9253. To write by snail mail use: 315 Oklahoma Street, Madisonville, TN 37354. After mid- January, 2011 we will be moving to another house and the address should be: 502 Mill Street, Madisonville, TN 37354. Hopefully, we will keep the same telephone number. So, I hope this will be enough information for anyone wishing to contact me about genealogy or other mattters related to the Self Family. Happy holidays! Barry Self