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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The Coleman Family reunion was held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. This reunion was for the descendants of Laura Ellen Self Coleman and Jessie Anderson Coleman. It was a beautiful afternoon for the reunion. The breeze off Tellico Lake made it very comfortable. Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious meal and some great fellowship. Approximately 50 attended. Several came from other states. I will try to post some photos if anyone who attended shares some with me.