Skype is free software that allows you to communicate with individuals or groups through video, audio, or typed chat. The group video option may require a fee, but group typed chats are part of the free account.
FamilySearch offers Skype group chats for each US state and many countries, as well as ethnic groups.
Talk to Living Relatives
Keeping in touch with distant cousins can be fun and easy with Skype's video chat option. You can share family photos and documents through the file sharing tool, or even share your screen and walk them through using a family history website.
Teach Family History from a Distance
The same tools that you use for talking to relatives can come in handy as a family history consultant or teacher when you can't seem to find time for an in-home visit. Just make a call, share your screen and they can watch as you go step-by-step through the genealogy website or software you are teaching.