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Anne Patterson Rodda
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12 July 2012

"The book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the connections between local and family history and the broader disciplines of which they are a part." -- John Grenham

"This masterly work combines the craft of the historian and the skill of the genealogist in a satisfying exploration of the small worlds that made up Ireland in the past. An essential book for anyone who wants to understand how family history should be done." -- Raymond Gillespie, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Anne Patterson Rodda, Certified Genealogist, has a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree in Irish Studies from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, U.S.A. Anne has been a genealogist since 1990, specializing in tracing to the birthplaces of emigrants to America. Starting with her own ancestors from Denmark, Germany, and Ireland, she became immersed in Irish genealogy over the years. Spending more and more time in Ireland, she learned its history and culture as family historians do, through the eyes of antecedents. "I heard about the graduate program in Irish Studies at Drew University, with Christine Kinealy, their Professor of Irish History, just when my research was pulling me into learning more about Irish history, literature and culture. I wanted to learn how to place family histories in their wider historical context, as genealogists strive to do." So began Anne's exploration of the various methodologies of historical research used over the centuries and on through to the most recent theories being discussed in the United States and in Europe. Trespassers in Time is a review of Anne's study of the history of history. Her exploration led to her belief that microhistory is the most useful approach for genealogists. She invites readers to explore with her and draw their own conclusions.

(Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.)


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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475143125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475143126
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trespassers in Histoory 14 Oct 2012
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`Trespassers in Time' provides concrete proof - if proof were needed - that historians and family historians can each benefit from learning about the other's approaches, methodologies and motivations. Using the techniques of micro-history, and combined them with her own considerable skills as a historian and a genealogist, Anne Patterson Rodda provides insights into the past and into various ways of reclaiming and understanding it. The outcome is a sensitive blending of various methodologies to explore three family history narratives. While Anne's research focuses on Ireland, her approach is applicable to other contexts.
`Trespassers in Time' will be of value to family historians, local historians, micro-historians, and to historians who don't fall neatly into any category. Its jargon-free style also makes it accessible to the general reader and to history students. The author's innovative use of various approaches makes this book a valuable addition to the writing of history in the early twenty-first century.
Christine Kinealy
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's microhistory? 8 Nov 2012
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Answer: It's what genealogists who want to go beyond just names and dates do! This is a fascinating book, demonstrating how using a wide range of traditional historical resources can help family historians to really 'put flesh on the bones' of their basic family research. The first half of the book explains how to extend our thinking to the wider political, social, geographic, historical, technological context; the second half provides three case histories from the author's own research which show it all in practice. An excellent book to help genealogists use historical knowledge to make family history come alive, and help historians see how genealogy can make history relevant to the lives of real people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 4 Sep 2012
By Harold Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This thought-provoking book raises questions most of us don't spend much time on: How do we use our knowledge of history? Exactly how can we put our ancestors in the context of their times without abusing them?

Harold Henderson, midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 May 2013
By Marcella Shames - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book - only downside is that it deals mostly with Ireland and my ancestors are from Scotland and England.
Nevertheless if you're into the family history aspect of genealogy - read this book
4.0 out of 5 stars Genealogists and Microhistorians 23 Jan 2013
By Cris Birch - Published on Amazon.com
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This book begins with a study of historical research methodology and ends with two Irish case studies. Rodda takes particular pains to document her research. Well worth the read!
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