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, October 21, 2011


Sunday, October 23, 2011 will mark the 160th wedding anniversary of John Jones Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self. They were married in the Gaddistown District of Union County, Georgia. John was 26 and Lydia was 18 when they married. They had 11 children. For more information on this couple, do a search on this site using their names.