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.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


It is hard to believe August is almost gone and September is creeping up on us. This means one thing. The annual Self Family Reunion is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 25. We will meet at Pearson Springs Park Pavilion in Maryville, TN. We have the pavilion reserved from 3 to 9 p.m. We will gather around 3 p.m. and eat around 4 p.m. Restrooms are on site. The park is located on Montvale Station Road, near Sandy Springs Park. Invite every other family member you see between now and then. Let's pack out the place. Bring lawn chairs since bench seating is all there is at the pavilion.
Directions: On Hwy. 411 N. in Maryville, turn at the Exxon Station onto Sandy Springs Road. Pass Foothills School, turn left onto Montvale Station Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile (turn at the fifth street on the left). The pavilion entrance is on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park. Or in Maryville take Hwy. 321 to Montvale Road and turn right onto it. Go to the light at Victory Baptist Church and turn right. Pass Garden Vale Apartments. The first road to the right is the entrance to the pavilion. This will be just after passing Sandy Springs Park on the right.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Every now and then a "gold nugget" is discovered in the world of genealogy research. And when one discovers a gold nugget it is usually unexpected and in a most unusual way. This happened to me this week. I will not go into all the details, but I discovered one of those gold nuggets a few days ago and I was not at all expecting to. It is a nice one. The photo above is of Bartley Richard Nichols (sitting) and his wife, Letty Lucinda Ledbetter Nichols (sitting), their daughter, Eliza Nichols Millsaps Vance (standing) and three of her children,(left to right) Jerry Millsaps, Dorothy Millsaps Devine and Bertha Millsaps (who only lived to be around 3 years old I was told). This photo belongs to Geneva Devine Best, daughter of Dorothy Millsaps Devine. She graciously allowed me to copy it to share with everyone on the blog.

Bartley Richard "Dick" Nichols was the son of Jerry Nichols and Evelyn Stratton Nichols. He and Lucinda had the following children: Nelia R. Nichols, wife of George Washington Self, Jerry Nichols, who married Martha Cathey, Mary Eveline Nichols, wife of William Emery Self, Eliza Nichols, who married Andy Millsaps and John Houston Vance and Wesley Nichols, who married Illa Cline.

Richard and Lucinda Nichols would have been my great-great grandparents through their daughter, Mary Eveline Nichols Self.