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, October 05, 2011


The annual Self Family Reunion was held September 24 at the Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, Tennessee. I probably say this every year, but the reunion just gets better and better. The attendance gets better and the food and fellowship get better. We enjoyed a delicious meal and some wonderful conversation that lasted into the early evening. It was so good to see everyone have a good time. I apologize for not getting the photos posted sooner, but I had some difficulty. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. We plan on meeting at the same place next year.