Free webinar now online - Creating a Shareable CD with Legacy and Passage Express Software

Jeff-100"Nobody has to know how easy it is" is how today's presenter, Jefferson Shupe, described the process of creating a shareable CD. Using the Create CD tool in Legacy Family Tree (which launches the free, standard edition of Passage Express which is included with Legacy), anyone can easily create a CD with pictures, slideshows, and an easy navigational menu to share with friends and family. Jefferson gave a terrific and thorough demonstration of his Passage Express software.

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of Creating a Shareable CD with Legacy and Passage Express software is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit to watch.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of share that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, November 21, 2011.

Purchase Passage Express

The free, standard edition of Passage Express is available inside Legacy by clicking on the Create CD button in the main toolbar. The deluxe edition adds even more functionality, which Jefferson described well in the webinar.

Click here to purchase Passage Express Deluxe.

Click here to purchase Passage Express Deluxe (download-only edition).

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Celebrate the Holidays and Share Family History with Heritage Collector software with Kathleen Bitter, November 18.
  • A Closer Look at Google+ with Dan Lynch, November 30.
  • Tracing Immigrant Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, December 7.
  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.

Click here to register.

See you online!

Two webinars this week: Create a Shareable CD and Heritage Collector Software (a Legacy add-on)

This week's webinars will get you ready for the holidays by learning how to best share your family history.

Jeff-100Creating a Shareable CD with Legacy and Passage Express Software presented by Jefferson Shupe on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Want to share your work with the relatives? Watch how easy it is for Legacy users to create professional multimedia CDs to pass around at your next family function. The Passage Express software (standard edition included with Legacy) includes slideshows, royalty-free music, an impressive menu designer, and lots more. It's always a good idea to back up your work. Why not get your family excited about their ancestry at the same time? Who knows, you may get offers to help with your genealogy work! Join Passage Express developer, Jefferson Shupe, for this 90 minute webinar. We'll also have great door prizes to give away!

Click here to register (free!).

Bitter-100Share Family History with Heritage Collector Software presented by Kathleen Bitter on Friday, November 18, 2011.

Join Heritage Collector's Kathleen Bitter as she shares great holiday ideas and teaches how to make: Personalized Christmas cards, Christmas letters and slideshows, 12 month Family Calendar - a perfect family present for kids and grandchildren, Storybook pages for the holidays, Ideas to help you with your Christmas craft gifts. All of this and more can be achieved using the Legacy add-on software, Heritage Collector.

Click here to register (free!).

The webinars are free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day.

Webinar time

The webinar will be live on Wednesday and Friday at:

  • 2pm Eastern (U.S.)
  • 1pm Central
  • 12pm Mountain/Arizona
  • 11am Pacific
  • 7pm GMT

Or use this Time Zone Converter.

Here's how to attend:

  1. Register at today. It's free!
  2. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the webinar.
  3. You will receive a reminder email during the week prior to the webinar.
  4. Calculate your time zone by clicking here.
  5. Click on the webinar link (found in confirmation and reminder emails) prior to the start of the webinar. Arrive early as the room size is limited to the first 1,000 arrivals that day.
  6. Listen via headset (USB headsets work best), your computer speakers, or by phone.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Create a shareable CD for your family using Legacy Family Tree

You've worked hard to collect and document your family history. With Legacy Family Tree's new Create CD feature, you can now easily share your precious findings with others.

With a few simple clicks, you have the choice to include your ancestors' photographs, video clips, and even your Legacy family file. Pick from a pre-designed layout, and the software can even create buttons for your email address and favorite web site.

Best of all - the Create CD feature is available FREE to all users of Legacy. Here is an example of the resulting CD menu:



1) To create your CD, first open Legacy. Then click on the Create CD button in the main toolbar. (Make sure you have installed Legacy's latest update.) If you have not yet downloaded our free Create CD software (which is a special, free edition of our add-on software, Passage Express), Legacy will prompt you to first download and install it.

2) Next, decide if you want to include the entire Legacy family file, or create a subset of it. If you are creating a CD for the wife's side of the family, then select the "Create a Subset" option where you can then specify to only include her side.

3) Follow the steps to give your project a title, an author, and decide what you want to include on the CD.

4) Once the CD is designed, click on the Test Project link to see what the CD will actually look like when your family member inserts it into their computer.

5) When you are satisfied, click on the Publish button.

Just like that, you've created a family heirloom!

If you want to really customize the CD and pick from other layouts and designs, the deluxe edition of the CD-creation software, Passage Express, is also available. Learn more about it here.

Announcing a New Look for Passage Express

The Jefferson Project has just released a new update which simplifies the process for creating your multi-media projects.  You can create a beautiful project in 3 steps:

  1. Build Your Project
  2. Design a Menu
  3. Publish Your Project

Each step is clearly defined.

Optional features such as making a matching disc label or making a DVD menu are found on the ‘More Options’ link.

Passage Express is an easy-to-use, one-stop publishing package specifically designed to help you organize your records into an eye-catching multimedia presentation.  Use the Legacy import feature to create a project almost instantly.  These presentations are created for Windows computers where any file that you have included in your presentation can be easily accessed, saved or printed by those you share your presentation with.  These shared presentations also become wonderful off-site backups in case you lose your copy.  You can include histories, pictures, audio recordings, video clips and genealogy files to be displayed all on the same presentation.  Passage Express is unique in that any computer file can be added to your presentation.  Buttons on the menu can be customized to access the files individually, by folders or one button can access the whole project for the viewer to peruse.  The recipients do not need to own Passage Express to view your presentation.

Passage Express is intended for the average computer user, and goes to great lengths to ensure the highest quality and simplest operation possible.  Passage Express has a project import feature which allows for collaboration with others who also have Passage Express.  Even easier to use is the finished presentation - place the CD-ROM into your computer or slip a DVD video of slideshow movies that you have created in Passage Express into your home entertainment center, sit back, and enjoy seeing your family history come alive. We invite you to see how you can produce a Passage Presentation with ease and confidence.

To learn more about Passage Express, or to purchase, visit


Update Now Available for Passage Express (2.1.16)

An update is available for Passage Express. This update resolves a couple of minor bugs. Download and install the update by clicking on the Help menu, then click on Check for Updates.

Passage Express, formerly known as Family History CD, is a software program that helps you preserve and share your genealogy, digital images, and documents by publishing a professional CD or DVD that you can share with your family.

For more information, visit

Passage Express (Family History CD 2.0)

Do you have computer files that you’d like to share with others — maybe Legacy information, documents, pictures, audio/video clips, family trees, or other files? Why not create your own interactive, customized CD-ROM with Passage Express for Legacy? With Passage Express it’s easy to create high-quality, interactive multimedia presentations using your family’s historical materials. . . .

Passage Express is a new software product developed by the Jefferson Project, the makers of Family History CD. Passage Express’ state-of-the-art features and tools enable you to do the following and more:

  • Publish small or large amounts of information in an attractive CD or DVD presentation format
  • Create slideshows and documentaries complete with background music and narration
  • More effectively organize and document photographs with face labels, captions and dates
  • Publish genealogy data, video clips, audio recordings, histories and more
  • Create beautiful graphics for your projects’ title screens, adding buttons and separate pages that will link to your files

Passage Express makes it easy to create your own interactive, customized CD-ROM . It guides you through the steps of organizing and labeling your files, and helps you design your own creative front page with buttons linking to the files. Passage Express will burn auto-run CD’s for you that will work on any Windows computer (Windows 95 or later). The features of this software make using your CD a snap. Your friends and relatives just point and click!

Passage Express makes it easy to create your own interactive, customized CD-ROM . It guides you through the steps of organizing and labeling your files, and helps you design your own creative front page with buttons linking to the files. Passage Express will burn auto-run CD’s for you that will work on any Windows computer (Windows 95 or later). The features of this software make using your CD a snap. Your friends and relatives just point and click!

With applications going far beyond genealogy, this software helps you organize your CD project. It helps you easily design your own custom front page with buttons linking to your files.

For more information, or to purchase, click here.

Special Upgrade Pricing

If you previously purchased Family History CD, you can upgrade to Passage Express for just $19.95. This special upgrade pricing is good until Wednesday, October 5, at which time you’ll be able to upgrade for $24.95.

Visit to upgrade.