FamilyFamily History Star Wars: The Force Awakens By Esther December 16, 2015 Share Share Copy Link Do you remember with whom you first saw Star Wars? In many homes, watching the Star Wars movies together has become a family tradition. The franchise — which has been around for almost 40 years — takes many of us back to a familiar, nostalgic place. The newest Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens”, is being released this week after a 10-year hiatus since the last film. We are always excited about family history discoveries, which is why we love Star Wars. Anakin Skywalker — who later became Darth Vader — had two children, Luke and Leia. Family connections were severed and, for many years, Luke and Leia did not know who their father was. They were not even aware that they were siblings. Only many years later, at the end of “The Empire Strikes Back,” did Luke discover how he was related to Darth Vader. In one of the most iconic movie scenes in history, Darth Vader reveals, “Luke, I am your father!” If they had only used MyHeritage SuperSearch™, their search for long-lost family would have been much easier! The Skywalker family has grown over the years. Take a look at the Star Wars Family Tree on MyHeritage: https://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-188658962/star-wars-family-tree To celebrate the new release, we looked at some iconic Star Wars names in our SuperSearch collections. Here are some fun facts we’ve discovered: There are 77,675 Princess Leias in family trees, 51,355 Luke Skywalkers, and 9,327 Yodas, but there are also 327,414 Darth Vaders — making it look like the Dark Side is winning! While Anakin Skywalker only yielded 7,738 birth records, we found 23,474 death, burial, cemetery and obituary records for Darth Vader. We found 5,498 marriage records for Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, which is not surprising, as they were married in a secret ceremony 🙂 What is your favorite memory of Star Wars? Whether you’re seeing the new film with family and continuing a long-standing tradition, or introducing someone new to Star Wars and passing the torch to a new generation, May the Force be With You!