View Full Version : Help with reading Irish birth place (2nd Attempt!)

20-07-2007, 5:27 AM

I am trying to trace my McMennemin/McMenamin family who originated in Tyrone, Ulster.
I have been collecting birth certificates of children born in Australia to the McMennemin who emigrated here. They all name a place that looks similar, but we don't know enough about Irish placenames to be able to read the place. I was hoping someone who is good at these things may be able to help?!!

I have included attachments of the part of the certificate that names the father, how old he was when the child was born, and where he was born. I have attached 4 certificates so they can be compared.
This is the clearest I could make the pictures, as the originals aren't fantastic.




20-07-2007, 10:02 AM
I can read County Tyrone - not a lot of help, sorry.

20-07-2007, 10:45 AM
I looked here


but could not see anything that looked like it. This leads me to think that it was a very small hamlet perhaps just two or three houses so we need to find a map with everything marked on it!

20-07-2007, 11:34 AM
This site has a list of parishes for County Tyrone


I have not got time to think about this at the moment as my mother in law is in hospital. I hope that somebody can help.

24-07-2007, 4:07 PM
Phew! See what you mean about the writing!

Comparing the M from Mc and Manamin on both entries would lead me to believe that the word could be Meenakeeran using the upright of the K in the unknown word to split the ensuing squiggles into Meena and Keeran.

Meenakeeran was a townland of some 2305 acres in Co Tyrone. It can be found in the Barony of Omagh West in the Civil Parish of Termonamongan, Poor Law Union of Castlederg in the Province of Ulster.

A great site for looking up townlands is http://www.seanruad.com (http://www.seanruad.com/) where using the first search box, you simply select the county you are interested in and click submit. An extensive database opens up where you can compare the letter patterns for yourself.

Good Luck!


24-07-2007, 6:31 PM
Looks like Brenda may have found the right place. On the Griffith's Valuation of 1860, out of 26 people named as tenants in Meenakeeran, 7 have the surname McMENAMIN; Mary; Roger; Patrick; Anne; Oliver; Thomas; & James.

24-07-2007, 9:57 PM
Thankyou for having a look for me.
We thought it could be Meenakeeran too, but so far haven't been able to locate our McMennemins/McMenamins yet. I thought I better get someone to have a look at the placename before we spent the rest of our lives checking out Meenakeeran incorrectly!
McMennemin is a really frustrating name because it was spelt so differently everywhere!!