States: Pennsylvania: Cambria
From 1893 to 1905 Pennsylvania recorded deaths at the county level usually in the Register of Wills office. It had nothing to do with the person having a will or estate file. They also registered births at the same office for the same time period. As helpful as these records can be they usually only had the parents names if it was a child and not all deaths were recorded as it wasn't strictly enforced.
For your purposes it should be helpful to determine if your ancestor died during that time period and specifically in the disaster. It will also have where he was buried. The Register of Wills will probably require you submit a request for a search in writing. None will do anything over the phone. But do call to find out what it costs and if the money is returned.
Your ancestor may not have had an obituary or even a death notice. With luck his name may have been mentioned in a local article on the disaster, perhaps even more than one. The library is a good place to check for that article.
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