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, January 13, 2014


Helen Marie Gibby, age 76, passed away January 12, 2014. A resident of Hermitage, Tennessee for over 45 years and of the Baptist faith. Preceded in death by 3 sisters and 1 brother. Survived by husband, Bill Gibby; daughter, Michelle Reynolds (Greg); son, John Gibby (DeDe); grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew and Zachary Gibby, Amanda and Bryan Reynolds; 2 sisters and 2 brothers; special nephew, Sam Self. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Hermitage Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.