restoring epic links after issue type change

I have a project that I have an issue type scheme that was recently created and moved from the default issue type scheme. In doing so we removed the Epic issue type. The project lead sent me a list of Issue Types that they wanted for the project and Epic was not on it. So they have lost all of their Epics (now moved to tasks) and all of their epic links. Is there any way to find and move back to being an epic? As a bonus get the epic links back?

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If you use "move" on the issues, you should find you are able to move them back to being Epics (assuming you have re-added Epic back as a valid issue type in the issue type scheme).  I suspect you have lost the links though - they won't reappear.

I am aware of moving them to being epics. Is there a good way to find them? I did this search:

issuetype = Task AND updated >= 2016-10-05 AND updated <= 2016-10-07 AND status not in (closed) AND "Epic Link" is EMPTY

and it shows issues changed around then however there were other issue types that also became tasks. 

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