Totally get what you mean there! I may have started transcribing the wrong district when I first started . . . There were 3 ares in Knox County in 1850, 15 and 31, but then there was also one for the city of Knoxville. I thought the first pages of 15 were missing and I was going to have to just start with Family 265, but then when I went to transcribe Knoxville about a month ago, I realized that the census taker started with "Family 1" being in Knoxville and just made a line and kept going for District 15? I am very glad that I figured this out *before* contacting the Knoxville historical societies and embarrassing myself!
Just before I started working on my census project, I did start to make categories for different census districts and it ended up being really helpful. I'm not sure all the kinks were worked out and my head hurts just thinking of trying to untangle everything again! I would go through from one census to the next and think, "Oh, I didn't realize they moved, maybe they got a deal on a farm over here." Then I would work on their sibling's family, "Oh, maybe they bought the farm together then split it?" Then some random in-law, "Okay, wait a minute!" Then I would take a look at the actual pages and see pretty much the same families in the same order as the census before! I don't live in the area and I'm not sure I have even visited Knoxville, so it might be easier to figure out how the boundaries changed for a native? And it really *is* helpful to have them broken down into smaller districts, in 1850 there were like 250 pages for District 15, 100 for 31, and 40 for Knoxville. Later on when they had "Ward 3" or "District 14", it seems like there were just a handful per district, which was really nice for narrowing people down into smaller groups.
Did I mention I can go on and on about this? :P When I first started here at Wiki Tree and was reading through all the info about how it works, one of the things that really stuck out for me was that everyone who ever lived should have a profile on here. Not possible, but still a dream to aim towards. I keep thinking about that as I'm working and using the census like this seems like such a Wiki Tree thing to do! Thank you so much for all the work you have done on this! :D