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, March 03, 2012


An apparent tornado hit the town of Tellico Plains on Friday afternoon, March 2. Numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. Fortunately no one was killed and only a few injuries were reported. Several Self family relatives live in the Tellico Plains area. Dillard Self and his daughter live on South Babcock Street which is right in the center of the worst hit area of the town. I have not been able to reach Dillard for comment due to telephone lines being down.

You may Google the internet for more information. There are several Youtube videos of the Tellico Plains area which show damage caused by the tornado Friday afternoon.

Updated 3-7-12... I was able to speak to Dillard Self last Monday evening. He said his home did not get damaged and that he and his daughter made it through the tornado just fine. Officials with the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee have stated in an initial report that the tornado that hit Tellico Plains on March 2 was an EF-2 tornado, with high winds of approximately 130 mph. The tornado damaged an area 400 yards wide.