Lightroom Classic: Asked to upgrade my catalog, upgraded and all recent photos from Nov 2019+ are gone

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I opened up my Lr classic this morning. Box popped up to upgrade my catalog. I hit upgrade. When Lightroom opened, the most recent photos it shows is from Nov 2019. All of my photos I have edited since Nov 2019 until now are not in the catalog. I have done backups regularly since nov 2019. 

I have not done anything else for fear of screwing it up further. Please looking for advice on what I should do next.  

EDIT: I opened Lightroom catalog-2 and all my photos are there. Is it okay I just continue to use this non-upgraded catalog???? The upgraded version it created was Lightroom Catalog-3. Sorry I'm not very knowledgeable on how Lr catalogs work.
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Carlos Cardona

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Yes, use the -2 catalog. You didn't tell the whole story, the "upgrade request" only happens when you upgrade the software (in a major upgrade). Did you do that, right before it asked to upgrade?
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Katie Kieley Chen

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I am using the most updated version of Lr classic version 3.2.1 and it was updated 4/16/20. It has not asked me to upgrade the catalog until today. And I have been using it since the last update. 
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Go to Help > System Info,  copy the first line and paste it here. Then we can say exactly what version you're using.

Adobe's  product names may have confused you. There is a Lightroom 3.2.1 but it's not LrClassic. LrClassic 3.2.1 was about 10 years ago.
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The latest update of Lightroom Classic (which is 9.2.1 by the way) does not upgrade your catalog. The last upgrade was when Lightroom Classic went from version 8.x to 9.0, which was last October. If you suddenly were asked to upgrade the catalog, then most likely you somehow opened an older catalog. That also explains why you seemed to have lost all photos since november.
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Yes you are correct John, I just looked at system info and it says version 9.2.1. I originally checked adobe creative cloud desktop app and clicked on Lightroom instead of Lightroom classic. 
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That makes sense Johan. If the last big update was in October then that makes sense why I only saw photos up to Nov. My computer was acting weird.... It was freezing and I rebooted. after the restart is when it asked me to upgrade. Am I okay to just continue using Lightroom Classic Catalog-2? Should I delete the -3 one? Leave it? 
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What almost certainly happened is as follows: the crash caused a reset of the preferences, and so Lightroom Classic was looking for the default 'Catalog' on restart. It found this file, but that was the old catalog file. The current catalog was upgraded last October and is called 'Catalog-2'. So Lightroom asked to upgrade that old catalog, and because the 'Catalog-2' name already existed it named the new copy 'Catalog-3'. So yes, you can trash this catalog and continue to use 'Catalog-2'.
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Philippe Coudé du Foresto

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That's why I always open directly the catalog itself (via a shortcut) instead of running LR and let it decide which catalog to open...
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That's indeed an idea, but then you still have to remember to change the shortcut when a catalog upgrade has been carried out, because your shortcut would still point to the old catalog...
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The setting in Lr which catalog to open by default is automatically changed after a catalog upgrade. Maybe better to trust on that...
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@Johan : Agreed, but after an upgrade I used to change the name of the catalog to reflect the LR version (something like "My_Catalog-v9.lrcat") so I never forget to update the shortcut !
And BTW, having the request to upgrade although it's already done would be a warning that would remind to update the shortcut.
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Thank you so much Johan!!! You are correct!! I used lightroom yesterday with my correct catalog file -2 and I noticed it seems Lr reset all my preferences! So what you said makes complete sense. It's like Lr was opening for the first time. What a relief. I had a moment of freaking out yesterday thinking I somehow lost all the edits I have done since November. 
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Thank you so much Johan!!! You are correct!! I used lightroom yesterday with my correct catalog file -2 and I noticed it seems Lr reset all my preferences! So what you said makes complete sense. It's like Lr was opening for the first time. What a relief. I had a moment of freaking out yesterday thinking I somehow lost all the edits I have done since November. 
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Some more info. The Catalog you are using is stated in the window-titlebar. You can configure Lightroom (Settings) to always open a specific Catalog.