Movers and Shakers of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Much like the Pilgrims Society, skillfully researched by Charles Savoie and Joël van der Reijden, the Knights of Malta’s membership is secret (i.e., you can’t just give ‘em a call and ask politely for a list of members). Thus, to confirm who is or isn’t a member of these elite cabals is quite the undertaking. The above research (or data dump) into the Knights of Malta is not nearly as thoroughgoing as Reijden or Savoie, but nonetheless it’s a start. And I certainly appreciate the undertaking.
When someone dies some of their secret affiliations are revealed in the obituary. Until then, however, various other means are required in order to establish membership as a certainty: reporters sometimes let things slip; memoirs are written with revealing admissions; or, even if the obit omits, sometimes the family donates to some prestigious learning institute a large collection of papers and archives from their dearly-departed patriarch.