My name is Albert H. Keil. I was born July 1, 1947 at Mußbach/Weinstr., Palatinate, Germany, since 1969 a quarter of Neustadt/Weinstr. My ancestry search primarily relates to the paternal bloodline Keil and the maternal line Pelgen but other lines too.
In the maternal line the name holder Pelgén (at that time still written with accent) was a Spanish soldier who, during the Thirty Years' War (1618 - 1648), came to Diedesfeld (Palatinate, since 1969 also a quarter of Neustadt/Weinstr.), and married there. The 1633 to 1784 church books are preserved by the "Country Archives" at Speyer/Rhine.
This Spanish soldier became the ancestor of all living Pelgens in Germany and in the U.S.A. That way some Pelgens emigrated from Diedesfeld in the middle of the 19th century. They could be identified by the search procedures on the Latter-day Saints' (Mormons) website.
Karen Kay DeMoss, having the same great-great-great-grandfather (Ludwig Pelgen, 1804 - 1861, father of the emigrants) than I, supported my own search results by her excellent ancestors' documentation.
In 1953 Helmut "Harry" Pelgen, my mother's cousin, emigrated to New Guinea and later to Australia. He and especially his son Edmund Pelgen are also engaged in genealogy.
I received important adds about my own Pelgen line by Erich Pelgen (another one of my mother's cousins and, like the ancient ancestor, living at Diedesfeld), about the Speyer line by Stephan Pelgen and his brother Christoph Pelgen.
Still uncleared is the relation to Nicole M. Rauch. At the end of the 17th century a man named Johann Pelgen and a woman named Maria Pelgen, both born about 1660 (brother and sister, I suppose), married two partners of the Thiel relatives of Nicole M. Rauch's ancestors. Maybe they were, a few decades after the appearing of the Spanish Pelgén, grandchildren of him.
That's the current status. Now everybody who has any information is requested to post it here or to send me an email: Mundartpoet@web.de