One more thing.... all i have is the catalogs I had saved on my backup hard drive. They really where not backup catalogs generated by LR. They were just copies of the working catalogs I had been using. Will this make a difference?
The backups created by LR are just copies of the working catalog; no different than if you made the copy yourself. Ideally you are looking for the one with the most recent date.
The catch that most people forget is that the backup should never be directly opened by LR; always copy the backup to a working location then open the "working" catalog. That way the backup is not changed.
Thank you...I get it. The working catalog and a backup of the same is really the same.
Could you please elaborate on your last sentence? When you say, always copy the backup/working catalog to a working location...what do you mean?
I got it!!!! Some how the catalogs in the Lightroom folder were empty (abut 1.4MB and I have over 10,000 pictures), but found copies on another location. Opened it and wallah!!! I am happy as a clam. Thank you ManicJoe for your response.