Irish Place Names and the Immigrant: Examples
By Dwight A. Radford and Kyle J. Betit
Two examples of how the indexes can be used for identifying origins come from Cherry Grove, County Limerick, and Whiskey Hill, County Tyrone. An immigrant from County Limerick stated in his American Civil War papers that he was from Cherry Grove, County Limerick. This place name could not be found in the various townland indexes. However, it was identified in the "Manuscript Index to the Original 6" to the Mile Ordnance Survey Maps" as being in the civil parish of Croom. This was confirmed through the Catholic parish registers of Croom which listed Cherry Grove as a residence for the family.
The situation of Whiskey Hill was somewhat more complex. A search of the Catholic registers at the PRONI showed one entry in the records of the Catholic parish of Strabane which could be for the family. The register stated that the family was from Whiskey Hill. Upon examining the various townland indexes no Whiskey Hill could be found. In the printed Tyrone index to minor place names in the Bulletin of the Ulster Place Name Society Whiskey Hill was found to be Whisker Hill, a place in the townland of Tullywhisker.