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 12, 2016


Self, Michael E. Sr., age 62 of Sevierville, TN went home to be with the Lord suddenly on Friday, October 7, 2016. He was of the Baptist Faith, and employed by Wyndham Resorts, and loved helping anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and June Self. He is survived by his brother, Steve Self, Sr.; children, Michael E. Self, Jr. and wife Christie, Amanda Johnson and husband Wally, Daniel Self, and Ashley Self; grandchildren, Brittany Williams and husband Scott, Dylan Johnson, Taylor Christian, Cody Johnson, and Jerica Christian; great-grandchild, Gabriel Williams the light of Pappy’s life; and special friends Cindy Wright, Jill Self, Charlie Schlicher, and Dewey Evans. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 7:00 pm with Rev. Glen Bruner officiating.Interment will be private. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at