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, October 01, 2014


This is a photo of the late Wesley  Dillard and Lillian Self. Dillard passed away September 25, 2014. Lillian passed away July 15, 2008. This photo was taken on January 15, 2004 at the funeral of Dillard's sister, Reba Self Roberts. Dillard was the son of William Floyd and Mary Mae Bryson Self and the grandson of Martha Lavada Self. Martha Lavada Self was the daughter of John J. Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.
 Dillard was the last survivor of the 7 children of Will and Mae Bryson Self.