I have one standard annotation feature class that I have used to label the contract names of 6 feature classes. I'm in a tough position where I've been asked to remove a few hundred records from about 2000 records spanning over the 6 different feature classes. This would create 200 orphaned annotations in my standard annotation feature class and I need to have the flexibility to bring these annotation back just in case. Since the labels are meant for a data driven map book, the labels and leader lines have been painstakingly positioned manually. I don't want to have to recreate all these labels as "feature-linked" because I would have to re-position them all.
Since the text field from the annotation layer has a corresponding text field in the feature classes, I should theoretically be able to create a link between the two with a relationship table. I have no idea how to do this or if it is even possible to retro-actively create a feature-linked annotation. Has anyone done this or have any answers on how to do this?