9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: If you love the Internet and want to learn more about researching there, it's worth the drive to Port Charlotte to hear Stephen P. Morse.
Although he calls himself an amateur genealogist, he has received worldwide acclaim for his Web-based search aids. The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies tapped him for its Outstanding Contribution and Lifetime Achievement awards. The National Genealogical Society gave him its Award of Merit and the Association of Professional Genealogists presented him with its Excellence Award.
Before all that, Morse was best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, great-great-granddaddy of the Pentium microprocessor.
His lectures will include "A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools," "One-Step Webpages: A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems," "Playing Hide and Seek in the U.S. Census," and "What Color Ellis Island Search Form Should I Use."
The event is presented by the Charlotte County Genealogical Society at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2300 Luther Road. Cost is $30 for society members, $35 for nonmembers. Materials and lunch will be provided only to those who registered before Feb. 6, but you still can attend and brown-bag it. For a registration form, call (941) 629-2344 or email bepowell firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARON TATE MOODY at Tampa Bay Online: "2 p.m. Wednesday: My two-hour presentation, 'Counting Ancestors: The Federal Census,' will be at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. There's no preregistration but you should arrive an hour early and get a no-charge ticket at the front desk. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library."