The most probable reason that your import fails is that the photos alreaddy exist in the Lightroom catalog. So there's no point in importing them again. You need to find the photos in the Lightroom catalog, and then you can make use of them.
To find the photos, please perform ALL of tehse steps, in order.
- In the Lightroom Library module, click on All Photographs (on the left hand side under the word Catalog)
- Turn off all filters (Ctrl-L once or twice)
- Expand all stacks (Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks)
- Search for one or more of these photos by file name, using the Lightroom Filter Bar
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Screen captures always help.
You have found the photos, but Lightroom considers the photos to be missing, as indicated by the exclamation mark icons. You have to tell Lightroom where to find the original photos on one of your hard disks. Then click on the exclamation point icons and direct Lightroom to the proper location on the hard disk where the photos actually exist. More ddetails at: Adobe Lightroom - Find moved or missing files and folders
That worked for that folder and it populated with the images in that specific folder. Will I have to do that process searching for a photo in every single folder I have in 2016?
Any idea why this would even happen in the first place?
I just saw that you posted a link. I will peruse that article for the answer to the questions I just asked.