Next, I've mentioned this tip before but I'm going to mention it again because I have another example of why it's a good thing to do. The tip is this: Create a free account on familysearch.org, then sign up for the Family Search Newsletter. The Family Search Newsletter is sent out by familysearch.org, which is the LDS Family History Center. These are the people that have all the microfilm that you can order and have delivered to your local family history center. They are in the middle of a huge project to digitize and index all their microfilm rolls so, in the future, you won't have to order them and view them at your local family history center. You can just look at them online...for free!
They scan the microfilm rolls into digital format, then make it available for volunteers to read the images to index them. They then put them online so you can search for the names you're interested in and view the digitized images of the records.
Every Family Search Newsletter includes a link to a list of the collections that have been completed in the past month. Typically, there are dozens on the list of new collections each month. This past month, the collections included Indiana Marriage Licenses 1811-1959, found here: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410397.
I did a search and found many marriage licenses from the Bixenman family in Lake County, Indiana. I also noticed that there can be misspellings due to the person involved not being able to read or write or possibly the recorder didn't know how to spell the name or just transcription errors. So, if you can't find the marriage license for someone you think should be there, do a search for any kind of misspelling you can think of. As an example, I found one Bixenman record that was indexed as "Bixerman".
Here are some of the images of Bixenman marriage records I found:
|Harry Bixenman and Margaret Schafer - November 5, 1917|
|Merritt Love and Isabel Bixenman - June 14, 1916|
|Arthur Bixenman and Ernestine Wietbrock - November 19, 1918|
|Andrew C. Bixenman and Elizabeth Horner - May 17, 1919|
|Edward E. Echterling and Caroline Bixenman - February 9, 1918|
|Henry Edward Bixenman and Anna C. Krohn - April 22, 1906|
|Henry Bixenman and Clara Schmitt - May 10, 1906|
|Michael Bixenman and Lizze Blocker - February 9, 1882|
|William E. Bixenman and Marie C. Ames - February 8, 1907|
|Bernard J. Buckley and Rebecca L. Bixenman - December 24, 1906|
|Joseph Bixenman and Rosina Schubert - January 11, 1877|
|Leo Bixenman and Mary Miller - March 2, 1909|
|Frank F. Echterling and Cecelia Bixenman - May 9, 1919|
|Erehardt Bixenman and Johanna Birk - January 22, 1876|
|John Bixenman and Lidwina Spieler - December 3, 1860 - Note the spelling of the bride's name. It appears to read "Seadway Speeler". Look for all kinds of misspellings!|
|Calvin Love and Henrietta Bixenmann - November 27, 1915|
|Emil J. Bixenman and Ida Schafer - June 23, 1913|
|Ernest J. Livingston and Clara E. Bixenman - January 17, 1899|
|Lorenz Bixenman and Elizabeth Schearer - September 25, 1862|
|Lawrence A. Bixenman and Lena Poirott - February 19, 1866 - Note how the "n" in Bixenman appears to be an "r". This is how it was indexed.|