The formalism to determine (conformal) isometries of a given curved super-space was elaborated almost two decades ago in the context of the old minimal formulation for N=1 supergravity in four dimensions (4D). This formalism is universal, for it may readily be generalized to supersymmetric backgrounds associated with any supergravity theory formulated in superspace. In particular, it has already been used to construct rigid supersymmetric field theories in 5D N=1, 4D N=2 and 3D (p, q) anti-de Sitter super-spaces. In the last two years, there have appeared a number of publications devoted to the construction of supersymmetric backgrounds in off-shell 4D N=1 supergravity theories using component field considerations. Here we demonstrate how to read off the key results of these recent publications from the more general superspace approach developed in the 1990s. We also present a universal superspace setting to construct supersymmetric backgrounds, which is applicable to any of the known off-shell formulations for N=1 supergravity. This approach is based on the realizations of the new minimal and non-minimal supergravity theories as super-Weyl invariant couplings of the old minimal supergravity to certain conformal compensators. © 2013 SISSA, Trieste, Italy.