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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Tommy Thomas, husband of the late Mildred Nancy Catherine Miller Thomas, who passed away on July 28, will celebrate his 89th birthday on Friday, August 19. Tommy was born in Madisonville, Tennessee and until a couple of months ago he lived in the same house where he was born on the outskirts of town. He is now living in an assisted living facility in Sweetwater. Tommy is pictured above with his late wife Mildred. Mildred is also pictured in a separate photo. The third photo is of the wood stove that sits in the kitchen of the Thomas home. My wife and I have spent many wonderful times sitting around this wood stove, talking and visiting with Tommy and Mildred. Mildred was a wonderful person and so is Tommy. We congratulate him on his 89th birthday. The photos are compliments of Billie Miller of Tunnel Hill, GA.