Map - The Kingdome of Ireland devided into fower provinces: Lemster, Munster, Ulster, Connagh. 1700. Adapted from the New York Public Library. Public Domain.
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Step 2. Research the County - Secondary Sources
You could also use Samuel Lewis's accompanying Atlas to the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (ca. 1850).
Step 3. Choose a city, town, or area in the county
Try this Ordnance Survey Ireland Map from the 1830s to explore the county and find a place that interests you.
You might need to try several spellings. The GV will tell you who lived in which parish when the valuation was taken in the mid-19th Century, and how much their property was worth.
The Cambridge History of Ireland.
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Clarkson, Leslie A., and E. Margaret Crawford, Eds.. Famine and Disease in Ireland. Routledge, 2016-2017.
Cróinín, Dáibhí O., et al. A New History of Ireland. Oxford University Press, 2005.