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, February 18, 2011


Charles R. Self, age 88, of Maryville, Tennessee passed away this past Tuesday. The photo above was one I took of him and his son, Raymond at the annual Self Family Reunion in Maryville, Tennessee this past September. "Charlie" was the son of John Simpson Self and Julie Annis Bowers Self. He will be buried tomorrow at Red Top Cemetery (Chilhowee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery) in Blount County, Tennessee with full military honors. Sympathy is extended to the Self family.