I deleted some transactions after they were reconciled. Of course now my beginning balance is off when opening the reconciliation report. I've been researching how to fix these but all I keep finding is what to do "if you accidentally delete a reconciled transaction." But the solution is just to recreate them manually, then reconcile again...but I intentionally deleted them because I found many transactions were incorrect after reconciling months ago. So how do I correct the balance without adding back in all those transactions I just deleted? Won't recreating them put me back where I started? Or do they have to be added back in and then removed a different way?
You're correct, the beginning balance will be affected once reconciled transactions are deleted or modified. You've mentioned that you deleted these transactions since they are not part of the period's reconciliation. We don't need to manually enter them again. Instead, we'll just redo the reconciliation to fix the beginning balances.
To do that, you’ll need to manually undo the reconciled transactions of that period one at a time. Follow Step 2 of this article to unreconcile transactions for your reference. Just a heads up, if you reconcile accounts every month and need to redo a reconciliation from three months ago, you’ll also need to manually unreconcile each transaction of the following two months.