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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I apologize for not posting to this site in several weeks. The holidays came and went. That was a busy time. The bad weather we have had locally depressed me somewhat (to the extent that I just did not want to do anything much)AND, we have been in the process of buying a house and MOVING. Oh my gosh! What a task! We only moved a few blocks from where we have lived for the past 12 years, but it has been a major project. We finally have changed houses. We moved in last Thursday. Our new address wil be 502 Mill Street, Madisonville. I say it "will be", because until warmer weather allows me to get a mailbox in place, I do not plan to change our mailing address at the post office. We are still living out of boxes, but at least the major work is done. I will try to get back to posting to the blog more in the next few weeks. Thanks for understanding. I have posted a picture of the new place for you to see. We like it. We have 6.7 acres, still in town, but with a country feel. Lydia is excited. Actually, we all three are. We have plans for a garden, a small orchard and whatever else Svitlana can dream up to plant and/or grow. If you are ever in the area, stop in and say hello.