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.

Monday, September 24, 2012


The first day of autumn in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee made a great setting for the annual Self Family Reunion. It was held Saturday, September 22 in Maryville, Tennessee at Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion. The crowd this year was one of the biggest ever. There were approximately 100 in attendance.  I heard lots of comments made about the large number of youth that attended this year. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of everyone. Most of the young folks were not still long enough for me to get a quick snapshot. The weather was very pleasant and the food, as usual, was so delicious.  Everyone seemed to really have a nice time.  Pictures of the event will be posted as soon as possible.

Sunday, September 02, 2012


You’re invited to the 27th annual Self Family Reunion, Saturday, September, 22, 2012…
Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion, Montvale Station Road, Maryville, Tennessee.
We will gather around 3:00 p.m. and eat around 4:00 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a good appetite and join us. For more information call Ph. 423-420-9253.

Directions: On Hwy. 411 North in Maryville, turn right at the Exxon station, onto Sandy Springs Road. Pass Foothills School, turn left onto Montvale Station Road. Go approximately ½ mile. The pavilion entrance will be on the left, just before Sandy Springs Park.

Bring lawn chairs! Only benches are available for seating. Restrooms are on site. We hope to see you there.