Lost ALL my people tags during recent upgrade to Elements 2018..HELP

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I just now learned my recent upgrade to
Elements 2018 with automatic face analysis enabled by default with automatic tagging was my downfall. I did not want that so I turned it off. I also hit Reset Face Analysis as I assumed this would remove ONLY the Face Analysis tag results. Bad idea! Reset Face Analysis un-tags all my MANUALLY assigned People tags...40k +

By oversight I missed the note on the options screen saying that Reset will delete People stacks but it does not explicitly say it will undo all manually  entered tags of people. It gives the impression it is just for the face tagging stacks of facial recognition! Wrong..!

I have my previous PSE 15 on my pc it would not open the organizer at first but did finally get my PSE 15 to open, and all my people tags are intact there! 

 Now how do I get them to PSE 2018..? and what happens to all my PSE 2018 work since updating..?

When I go to file, then manage catalogs the Convert catalog box in PSE 2018 just shows: 

My catalog, Elements 14 Organizer, 0 media items and with the date I moved from 14 to 15.

After Clicking box, show previously converted catalogs, Then my PSE 15 catalog shows up, called: My catalog 11 Elements 15 Organizer, 42000 media items. When it first appeared it showed last modified date as the date I upgraded to PSE 2018, 3/2018. after closing the window and opening it again later(a few minutes later) it had changed to the current date under last modified..?

My question does this PSE 15 catalog have my people tags intact on it? I did not do my full backup of PSE 2018 until a few weeks ago onto an external hard drive. At that time, I disabled Face Analysis tags I also hit Reset Face Analysis as I assumed this would remove ONLY the Face Analysis tag results...wrong! It deletes all manual people tags also I learned the hard way!

What happens if I click on convert my Catalog 11 again in PSE 2018 under manage catalogs...? Does it take me back to where I was when I upgraded 4 months ago? Do I lose what I have done since then? I am very paranoid here now since loosing all my people tags!

should I backup my PSE 15 catalog first? Guidance much needed


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