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, July 29, 2017


 Malachi Douglas Self was born at 7:03 p.m. on April 27, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the son of Andrew and Tracie Self. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21 inches long at birth. Below is a photo of Malachi and his father, Andrew Self. Congratulations to Andrew and Tracie. We welcome Malachi to the Self family.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Adra Vashti Cooper married Jonathan Henry Ludwig in an outdoor ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Barn at Faith Farms in Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee. Adra is the daughter of Ronnie and Mollie White Cooper of Madisonville, Tennessee. She is the granddaughter of the late Willard and Ersie Self Cooper. Congratulations to Adra and Jonathan. This photo is from the wedding invitation. A wedding photo will be added soon.