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.

Friday, September 29, 2017


The annual Self family Reunion was held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Pearson Springs Rotary Pavilion in Maryville, TN. A few photos of those who attended are shown here. Approximately 65 attended this year. Some of the photos could not be posted due to the poor quality. The camera was not working well part of the time and some photos were not good enough to post. I do apologize if you were there, but your photo is not included here.