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.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Cousin Connie Geddings is the daughter of the late Lillie Pearl Self Geddings, who passed away on September 11 of this year. Cousin Connie emailed me three picures she recently came across in her mother's things. They are great pictures and I thank Connie for sharing them with us. The date on the pictures indicate the snapshots were taken around July 1962. All three were taken at Citico Cemetery in Vonore, Tennessee, probably at the gravesite of Harrison Cicero Self, husband of Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins. The first picture at the top is of Emery Self, Frank Self and his sister, Lula Self Burnett. The second picture is of Lula Self Burnett and her mother, Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins. The third picture is of:left to right Lula Self Burnett and son Harry, Frank Self and sons Mike and Steve, Douglas Self with son Samuel Jr., Lennis Self and daughters, Darlene and Debbie, June Self and Faye Self Strickland standing behind Lizzie Cottrell Self Hawkins and Barbara Strickland.