Check out example codes for "c# get enum value from string". It will help you in understanding the concepts better.

Code Example 1

//This example will parse a string to a Keys value
Keys key = (Keys)Enum.Parse(typeof(Keys), "Space");
//The key value will now be Keys.Space

Code Example 2

var foo = (YourEnum) Enum.Parse(typeof(YourEnum), yourString);
if (Enum.IsDefined(typeof(YourEnum), foo))
{
    return foo;
}

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