A Medieval practice (only documented as rarely preformed in England), Seizing Quarters involved a Nobleman whose peerage was “under suspicion”. It was determined that at LEAST 16 generations of Nobility be established. This was used to determine Heraldry and Right of Continued Title. Often “Rolls of Arms” were consulted for verification (as was other pieces of “known” insignia). Although
not practiced much in England, Germany in The Middle Ages did use the practice.