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.

My Photo
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.


The bi-annual Coleman Family Reunion was held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Fort Loudoun State Park in Vonore, Tennessee. This reunion is held for the descendants of Jessie Anderson Coleman and Laura Ellen Self Coleman. Laura Self was the daughter of John Simpson Self and Mary Ann Barbara Tucker Self and the granddaughter of John and Lydia Self. The reunion was well attended and we shared a delicious lunch under the cover of the large harwood trees at the park's pavilion. Everyone seemed to have a nice time. After lunch, a few cousins broke out in song and entertained the rest of us. There were several there from out of state. The next reunion will be held in July, 2012.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Green Bean Festival, Blairsville, Georgia--- July 30-31, 2010. Observe the bean harvest with an antique tractors display, a farmers market, a green bean recipe contest, a crafts fair and demonstrations, a 4-H talent show and children's activities on the town square. Call (706) 994-4837 for more information. Blairsville is Self country. John and Lydia Self were married near Blairsville, GA (Union County). Our family lived there for many years, before moving to Tennessee.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


The bi-annual Coleman Family reunion will be held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Fort Loudoun State Park in Vonore, TN. The event will begin at 12:00 p.m. (Noon). Bring a covered dish (or two) and come join us for a great afternoon. The Coleman family is part of our Self family lineage.