Unfortunately I've just started, so about the only thing I know relating to the Drake family is Sir Francis.
Most of my ancestors came from either Virginia or Illinois, so I definitely need to find a good reference book.
I thought I had found one. I've been volunteering in a thrift store (the proceeds going to our local animal shelter) every other day for most of the summer. There I found an antique book, "A Hand Book of Virginia" put out by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Immigration. It's a paperback, publishedby the Everett Waddey Co. in 1911. Mine had some water damage on the cover, so it is flaking, but it also allowed me to take the cover off, revealing smooth, durable pages underneath. I haven't had a chance to really look at it, but it has a lot of pictures taken by the Department of Agriculture (unfortunately nobody in them is named). It also talks about each county - I suppose back then there were a lot more counties, because this section takes up about 7/8 of the book. It's definitely not what I wanted exactly, but as a beginner a pretty good find, considering I live in Oregon!
My plan for getting my genealogy project really moving is the following:
1. Get the tree as filled out as I can - which may take quite a while. Ancestry is helpful because once they run out of hints for me, I know it's time to move on to somebody else. I want to get through all the hints and add as much to the tree as I can. (This is the step I'm at now)
2. Find out more about the events and things I found in the tree. For example, a lot of my ancestors fought in wars. I didn't pay much attention in History class because I thought it was boring and had nothing to do with me. Now I find more interest in it because it has to do with my ancestors.
I have quite a bit ahead of me, but that's OK because I'm only 18! =D