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.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


SAMUEL DOUGLAS SELF, SR. - age 83, known by everyone as Doug, passed away Friday, May 28, 2010. Doug lived a very long and fulfilled life. He worked at the Physical Plant at the University of Tennessee. He always had a garden that he took pride in everyday. He also liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith and loved the Lord. The thing he loved more than those things was his family. Doug always made sure they had everything they needed. You couldn't ask for a better husband, father, grandfather, or brother and he will always be remembered. He is remembered by his loving wife, of 56 years, Lennis Self; daughters, Debbie Meredith and husband, Charles; Darlene Latham and husband, Jeter; Freeda Evans and husband, Benny; son, Samuel Self, Jr. and wife, Evelyn; grandchildren, Sandra Cooper and husband, Paul; Jennifer Latham; and many other family members. We love you and miss you. Doug is preceded in death by mother and father, Harrison and Lizzie Self; sister, Blonnie Case. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 pm, at McCarty Evergreen Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Caledonia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Cooper, Paul Latham, Jeter Latham, Charles Meredith, Mike Self, and Ray Hall. Honorary pallbearer will be his great-grandson, Tanner Latham. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at McCarty Evergreen Funeral Home, Asheville Highway. Condolences may be offered at www.mccarty evergreen funeral

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Sacrifices have been made and are still being made by Americans so we can be free. There is no way we can repay someone for giving their precious life for our freedom. If you are a veteran,thank you. If you are not a veteran, find one today, or one day this weekend, and thank them for serving their country. May God bless America.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Lydia Self, age 6, graduated Kindergarten from Madisonville Primary School on Thursday evening May 13, 2010. She is the daughter of Barry and Svitlana Self.

Friday, May 07, 2010


Do we have any relatives graduating from high school or college this year? If so, please share this news with everyone by sending me an email with the details to


Decoration Day is this Sunday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Vonore, TN, where many Self relatives are buried. It will be at Citico Baptist next Sunday, May 16.


Our cousin, Darlene Cooper Russell, was elected the new Loudon County (TN) Clerk on Tuesday, May 4. For more information visit her website There are pictures posted there and a video of a radio interview she gave on WLIL Radio following the election. Congratulations Darlene!


I want to wish all you mothers a very Happy Mothers Day, which will be this coming Sunday, May 9, 2010. I especially want to wish my mother, Wilie Self, a Happy Mothers Day. "I love you momma!" May God bless all of you.

Monday, May 03, 2010


I received this in an email from a friend and like it so much, I want to share it with you.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

--Mark Twain