I have been (trying to) unravell my fathers mothers family.
She was Emily Jane GOULDS.
When I got her parents marriage details it gives the following info which I think changes the name to GOLDS.
Emily Jane GOULDS parents are Walter GOULDS & Emily GROVE
From Walter & Emily's marriage details I have the following info: Walter GOULDS b. Sussex England his parents are given as: Thomas GOULDS Caroline GOODGER
I couldn't find a marriage for Thomas and Caroline but found one for Thomas GOLDS and Caroline GOODGER 02 DEC 1843 Warminghurst, Sussex, England
Also have them in the 1881 Brit Census with a son Harry. Thomas GOLDS 58yrs b. Washington Sussex England Caroline GOLDS 59yrs b. Warminghurst Sussex England Harry GOLDS 25 yrs b. Washington Sussex England Dwelling: Ashington Com. Census Place: Washington Sussex England
I think that the change in name occured because apparently Walter couldn't write his name.On the marriage notes, where the bride and groom sign, there is a large X and 'His Mark' is written next to it and then his name has been written, in what looks like the same handwriting as the Registrars.
Walter and his bride Emily GROVE were married in 1887 in the Christchurch Registrars Office, Christchurch New Zealand.
I guess if Walter was unable to write his name down, the Registrar has interpreted GOLDS (with Walters Sussex accent) as GOULDS.
Would love to hear from anyone who thinks they may have connections.