Well, I was able to recover from my problem. Posting this for anyone who foolishly follows in my footsteps.
First of all, you need a livecd. If you can boot into the livecd os. See if you can mount your old volume.
mount -t ext3 /your/volume /mount/point
Try to back up your data (assuming you still need it).
I had to resort to FTPing it to another PC. (pita)
My system had 3 raid volumes md1,2,3 each with ext3
/dev/md1 9.9G 2.5G 7.0G 26% /
udev 251M 108K 251M 1% /dev
/dev/md2 99M 31M 64M 33% /boot
/dev/md3 173G 96G 68G 59% /home
They way that I was able to restore my system was as follows:
Boot from a livecd
When you get to the partition screen it will suggest to delete your partitions. Don’t do let it do it.
Click on “Edit Partition Setup”
Select custom partitioning for experts.
There you will see a button (drop down) “Expert”
I don’t recall the exact verbiage, but you will see an option to use existing partition information for the install.
You will get some warnings about how this may not work if you have certain file systems. blah blah
Let the install run through. Reboot, wait for hardware detect. If all goes well, you should have your files back.
I understand that this may not work for everyone, and that I could have probably edited some config file. But I did not have much luck with that.
Hope this helps someone.