Happy to report after restoring to my backup prior to the update - then updating files directly from github (skipping the 3.9 download using the J! installer) - It seems that all is well. I appreciate everyone's help. So in closing I would say that it definitely had something to do with using the J! installer to update to Fabrik 3.9. I would recommend as hugh did - if there is no db changes - update files directly from github. Thanks guys.